The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority is providing formal training to its staff on the Gender Equality Law in a bid to become an outstanding gender equal workplace, the authority said.
CIMA hosted the mandatory training session at Camana Bay for its entire staff on the Gender Equality Law, 2011, which addresses discrimination in employment, training and recruitment on the basis of sex, marital status, pregnancy or gender.
Experts from the Ministry of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing made presentations on the legislation and explained the rights of employees under the law. Tammy Ebanks, senior policy adviser on gender affairs, and policy officer Aubrey Bodden outlined the impact of gender gaps in Cayman and highlighted the importance of gender equality in the workplace. They also addressed the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, and outlined the procedure for filing complaints with the Gender Equality Tribunal.
Data from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing indicated that inequalities still exist in the Cayman Islands between males and females, highlighting issues like the income gap, where females earn less regardless of their level of education.
In order to ensure that CIMA is free from gender-based discrimination, the authority is reviewing its organisational policies and practices to guarantee that they comply with the Gender Equality Law. CIMA is also providing training for all employees to ensure they understand the implications of the law, their rights under the law and internal policies relating to it.
“CIMA is committed to making gender equality a non-issue by providing a working environment that promotes respect, human rights and nondiscrimination for all,” Managing Director Cindy Scotland said. “We are proud to be the first authority to implement this training for our staff. Their efforts determine CIMA’s success and contribute to our country’s economic well-being. Likewise, it is vital that we ensure their well-being in the workplace and uphold the rights of all our staff to be treated fairly, and with dignity.”
The Gender Equality Law took effect on 31 January, 2012, and also addresses gender inequalities by promoting the payment of equal remuneration to male and female employees who perform work of equal value.
It further aims to protect against discrimination in other areas such as access to goods, services and facilities, as well as discrimination through job advertisements, application forms and recruitment interviews.