Moment in time for women
JUSTICE OF APPEAL Sandra Mason’s elevation to the highest office in the land is a plus for women.
So said Dame Maizie Barker-welch yesterday, hours after the island’s newest Governor General was announced by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Former Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave demitted office in June and Sir Philip Greaves has been acting in the position since.
“All women should feel good about that. She is qualified and everything, and I remember once she acted as Governor General. I think she must be congratulated. The choice I think is a very good one,” she said in a brief telephone interview.
Dame Maizie, a former parliamentarian and teacher, said she also expected the island’s second female Governor General to make wise decisions during her tenure.
DAME MAIZIE BARKER-WELCH. (FP)
“She is accustomed to legal matters and all that, and I think she is a very good choice. What can she be otherwise but efficient, which she has been all along.”
Director and senior fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Dr Don Marshall, said the appointment meant Barbados was on its own logical march towards
DR DON MARSHALL (FP)
greater inclusion and diversity.
“I think this is a fantastic day, not only for the Mason family, but all Barbadians in relation to governance. If you can recall, we had recent appointments to the post of permanent secretary in the public service, and they’ve all been women.
“It means that without looking to global benchmarks associated with the sustainable development goals, that Barbados is on its own logical march towards greater inclusion and diversity,” the political scientist added. (RA)