Bahamas Votes Against Women’s Rights

Bahamians last week voted against two women’s rights amendments to the Bahamas constitution. One would have protected women against job discrimination, and the other would have bestowed Bahamian citizenship to children of Bahamian women and their foreign husbands. The amendments, on the ballot with three other proposed changes, were defeated by more than 60 percent of voters. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he was “ashamed” by the results. The Bahamian constitution has not been amended since the Bahamas won independence from Britain in 1973.


Reuters, 3/6/02

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