The Women and Gender Equality Commission is one of the 5 constitutional rights commissions provided for under the revised 2003 constitution. It replaced the Presidential Advisory body called the National Commission on Women created in 1990.
This Commission appointed in 2010 and fully operational is guided by its constitutional mandate. It addresses gender issues, promotes the advancement of women in society and investigates and makes recommendations to the Parliament. The Commission receives complaints, reports on issues affecting both women and men in regards to gender issues and examines policies and programmes which affect the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. The Commission aims to promote national recognition and acceptance that women's rights are human rights, respect for gender equality and protection, development and attainment of equality.
In keeping with its constitutional mandate the Commission has submitted their first annual report to the Speaker of the National Assembly and this will be tabled on 1 September 2011.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Guyana to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; Update of to the response of Guyana to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011