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MONTREAL -- A reward trip for a job well done has turned into a legal nightmare for a Quebec mother of three who is in a Bahamas jail for the alleged sexual assault of a year-old bearded boy she believed was an adult. Karine Gagne's mother, Chantale Auclair, says her daughter and the American boy had a sexual encounter on a cruise ship earlier this month, but insisted that Gagne thought the six-foot-plus adolescent was Gagne, 23, left Jan. Auclair, who recently returned from the Bahamas, said her daughter told her they met the alleged victim at a casino and bar area, where they chatted and danced during the night. The two were then confronted by the boy's mother, who filed a complaint with police despite her son's pleas to the contrary. Gagne, whose daughters are 3, 4 and 5, was later arrested and remains detained.
Three of the four bills included in the referendum sought to ensure that Bahamian women and men are treated equally in their ability to confer nationality to children and spouses. The Bahamas will also now continue to deny unmarried fathers the ability to confer nationality to their children.
Because of this, today children born abroad to Bahamian women or unmarried Bahamian men continue to be at risk of being stateless — whereby no country considers them citizens — while families and spouses may be torn apart because Bahamian women are denied the ability to confer nationality to spouses, a right reserved only for Bahamian men. The injustices embedded in the current Constitution are clear examples of gender-based discrimination.
The perpetuation of this discrimination means that The Bahamas — like too many countries across the globe — remains in violation of its commitments under international law to ensure equality between women and men. We applaud the efforts by many Bahamians, including Citizens for Constitutional Equality and government leaders, to address this discrimination.
The failure of the referendum only serves to highlight the ificant attention and hard work required in The Bahamas and worldwide to achieve gender equality. The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights and our coalition members around the world, including in The Bahamas, remain dedicated to working for legal reforms to end gender discrimination in nationality laws.
We call on the international community — government, organizations, and individuals — to us in advocating for equal nationality rights for equal citizens, women and men. Save Save Keywords: Global News.