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  • To refocus the work of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), the Government will be changing its name to the Bureau of Gender Affairs.
  • Making the announcement on March 16 at a business forum, in support of International Women’s Day, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said a Cabinet submission has been prepared for the change, and will be enacted soon.
  • The Minister said a key feature of the agency will be the “re-establishment of the male desk, because it is not just about us, it is not just about women. It is also about our men, particularly our young men affected by marginalisation.”

To refocus the work of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), the Government will be changing its name to the Bureau of Gender Affairs.

Making the announcement on March 16 at a business forum, in support of International Women’s Day, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said a Cabinet submission has been prepared for the change, and will be enacted soon.

The Minister said a key feature of the agency will be the “re-establishment of the male desk, because it is not just about us, it is not just about women. It is also about our men, particularly our young men affected by marginalisation.”

She pointed out that more emphasis will be placed on the National Policy for Gender Equity (NPGE), which was developed through a series of widespread consultations among key stakeholders, using a mainstreaming approach, and was approved by Cabinet on March 1, 2011.

The NPGE was designed to establish a framework for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to fully integrate gender in every area of national life. “The implementation of the policy is therefore geared towards achieving equal treatment for women and men,” she said.

Miss Grange noted that the policy will be implemented through “equal visibility, equality of opportunity, equal access to all resources, and equal participation in all areas of private and public life.”

Under the gender-mainstreaming policy, the Minister said equality in the workplace is paramount, as it speaks not only to the increased inclusion and participation of women, but also the creation of a more family-friendly environment, which will be beneficial to both men and women.