Policies & Legislations


    1. Women’s Equality enshrined in Article 29:1 of the Constitution (1980).
    2. Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) signed & ratified (1981).
    3. The Bernard Commission gives effect to Article 29 and 30, re the equality of children born out of wedlock (1981).
    4. Repeal of Labour Law (1983) as it relates to the employment of women at nights in industrial undertakings and overtime work for women in factories.
    5. The Women’s Affairs Regional Committees were established (1986).
    6. The Fiscal Amendment Act (1987) was enacted, to allow for married women to file separate income tax returns.
    7. The Minimum Wage Bill (1987) was enacted to give parity to the term “skilled” and “unskilled” to both male and female workers.
    8. The Domicile Reform Act (1988) was enacted, to enable both men and women to transmit their citizenship to their spouses.
    9. The Equal Rights Act (1990) was enacted to enforce Article 29:1 of the Constitution on the principle of equality between men and women.
    10. The Family and Dependent Provision Act (1990) was enacted, to provide for persons, in common-law union for 7 years immediately prior to the death of the partner, who are dependents of a deceased person to claim financial benefits from the estate of the deceased person.
    11. The Married Persons Property Act (1995) was amended, so that the division of property could take into consideration the contribution made by the spouse to marriage, and the welfare of the family on condition that the claimants are either legally married or if they cohabit, that neither partner is married to someone else.
    12. Guyana embraced the Beijing Report with respect to the principle of 1/3 women in decision making (1995).
    13. The National Policy for Women formulated principles/guidelines re women’s equality (1995).
    14. Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.
    15. The National Commission for Women established (1996).
    16. The Domestic Violence Act (1996).
    17. The National Action Plan for Women (2000-2004) was introduced (2000).
    18. Government embraced the recommendations of the Constitutional Reform Committee and the Parliamentary Oversight Committee. Lists of all political parties contesting the General and Regional Elections must be made up of 33⅓ percent of women (2001).
    19. UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) enshrined under Article 154 A of the Constitution (2003).
    20. Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act (2005).
    21. Constitutional Rights Commissions established under section 212 G (2009).
    22. The Sexual Offences Act (2010) Amended 2013.
    23. Married Persons (Property) Amendment) Act 2014 (aka Debra Backer Act).


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