Marion Bethel read law at Cambridge University and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1985. She is a member of Gray’s Inn. Ms. Bethel was later called to the Bar of The Bahamas in January 1986. She immediately joined the Office of the Attorney General in The Bahamas where she practiced in both criminal and civil courts. In 1994 she commenced work in a private law firm where she continues to practice civil law. Ms. Bethel has been actively involved in the women’s movement in The Bahamas and the Caribbean since the mid-1980s. She has worked in the area of human rights principally in regard to gender equality, gender-based violence against women and girls, sexual health & reproductive rights and abolition of the death penalty. In 2012 Ms. Bethel produced a documentary film entitled Womanish Ways: Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy, The Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948-1962. In July 2014 Ms. Bethel was awarded the Eleventh CARICOM Triennial Award for Women for her noted contribution to the field of Gender and Development in the Caribbean. She was elected to the Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in June 2016 and currently serves on the Committee.
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