For the first time in Antigua and Barbuda’s history, nine of the seventeen senators in the Upper House are women.
President of the Senate, Alincia Williams-Grant; Leader of Government’s Business in the Senate Mary Claire Hurst, Maureen Payne-Hyman, Aziza Lake, Gail Christian, Shanella Govia, opposition senator Shawn Nicholas, independent senator Bakesha Francis-James and Barbuda senator Knacyntar Nedd are the nine women senators, after receiving their instruments of appointment earlier today at the Government House.
The Senate President began by commending the newly-appointed leader of Government’s business Mary Claire Hurst.
“Special compliments to you on a well-deserved appointment. It is good to see a strong woman who is unrelenting in passion and your commitment to serve this country to rise to the office that you now hold.”
“Many here in this Honourable House will be looking to you for guidance,” Grant said.
“I am particularly delighted to see the majority of the Upper House now being comprised of nine women. This will translate to a more articulate and policy-driven, issue-focused debate in this House, not just the rhetoric,” Grant noted.
The Senate leader went on to note that, “this is indeed a fair representation of the majority of our society and is a testament the commitment to each party, particularity to the ABLP, to the engage women and to empower them at the highest level of decision-making in this country.”
“We are prayerful that this will translate into a stronger representation of women in the Lower House the next time around.”
William-Grant also sought to congratulate Lower House members Samantha Marshall and Maria Browne and offered that, “we expect your voices to be the loudest in the lower chamber and expect to see policies that will support and empower women.”
“I wish to encourage all the women parliamentarians to work together with the agenda we here in Parliament set in the last term to see how best we can parity a reality in the Lower House by 2030.”
The male senator counterparts include Vice President of the Senate Osbert Frederick, Eustace Lake, Phillip Shoul, Colin O’Neil Browne, Johnathan Joseph, Richard Lewis and Damani Tabor.
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