Legal Framework and Institutional Mechanisms
Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ratification in 1990. Main reference document for equality between men and women. Through its ratification or accession to it the States are legally bound to adopt all necessary measures, including special temporary measures and laws, in order for women to fully enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). The signatory countries take responsibility for the implementation of the Platform for Action, in which 12 critical areas of concern for the advancement of women are defined.
Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and amendments (1976). Acknowledges the "equal and inalienable rights" of all citizens, and the "recognition and protection of their fundamental human rights and freedoms… without discrimination by reason of race, origin, colour, religion or sex".
Gender Affairs Division. The mandate of the Gender Affairs Division is to effectively promote Gender Equity and Gender Justice through the process of Gender mainstreaming in all Government policies, programs and projects.