Office of the Spouse Calls for ‘Digital Empowerment’ of Women and Girls

Lashelle Adderley, President of the Senate; Mr. Armstrong Williams, United States media executive and talk show host; Mrs. Ann Marie Davis, Head of the Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister; Bahamas Ambassador to Washington DC, HE Wendall Jones; Hon. Lisa Rahming, State Minister in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development; and Deborah Bartlett, Consultant in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development

Known for her advocacy for the protection of the rights and the empowerment of women and girls, Mrs. Ann-Marie Davis, Head of the Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister called for policymakers and industry leaders to “foster an atmosphere that promotes and supports women and girls to pursue their goals regardless of their gender”.

Mrs. Davis was speaking in Washington, DC at a signature event held as a part of a series of events in the run up to the country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The event was a Professional Mixer held on Friday, March 31, 2023 under the theme, “The Empowerment
of Women and Girls, achieving Gender Equality in the Digital Age”.

On the heels of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held at its 67th Conference in New York, Mrs. Davis joined with women from all around the world in a consensus by UN Women delegates that all women and girls have a fundamental right to gender equality and opportunities in this digital age.

Mrs. Davis shared statistics that show that women currently hold 26.7% of tech-related jobs – a decline of 2.1% over the last few years. She also pointed out that women achieved just 18% of new computer science degrees and hold just 32.8% of entry-level positions in the computer science-related field.

In this regard, considering the importance of technology to women in her own country, Mrs. Davis committed her office to the “empowerment of women and girls, advocating for gender equality and access to all the digital age has to offer”.

Minister of State for Social Services and Urban Development Lisa Rahming also attended the event, giving heartfelt thanks to the foreign service community for their sacrifice and contributions to building our nation. She challenged them to increase and expand their efforts to identify international funding sources that support women’s empowerment initiatives and provide opportunities for increased ownership for Bahamians.

The events were organized by Consul General Patrick Adderley and staff of the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex as part of the “Road to 50” Independence celebrations. At the Lenten Tea Party and Fashion Show held on April 2, 2023, brief remarks were also delivered by the Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency Wendall Jones and Bahamas Ambassador to the Organization of American States, His Excellency Chet Neymour.

Minister Rahming said these events represent a strong culmination to the observance of Women’s International Month and a strong launching pad for celebrating the 50th Anniversary in the foreign service community.

Source: Felicity Darville

Consul Alarice Grant, Consultant Deborah Bartlett, President of the Senate J. Lashelle Adderley, Mrs. Ann Marie Davis office of the spouse of the Prime Minister, Consul General Patrick Adderley, Minister of State for Social Service an Urban Development Hon. Lisa Rahming, Consul Mrs. Tami Ferguson Culmer, Vice Consul Christy Lightbourn