Mo­ment in time for women

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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.


“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


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)

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