Network of Women Parliamentarians participate in Legislative workshop

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Photos by Kavi Roberts of Pointe FM (Pointville Communications Inc)

The Antigua & Barbuda Network of Women Parliamentarians (Parliament Gender Caucus) recently held a legislative workshop in Parliament on Monday 11 October, 2021.

 

The workshop in partnership with Women Against Rape (WAR Inc) reviewed legislation in Antigua & Barbuda that affects women and marginalized groups.

 

Attendees included Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs Hon. Samantha Marshall, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs & Gender Caucus Vice President Hon Maureen Payne Hyman, Gender Caucus President Senator Hon Gail Christian, Gender Caucus Treasurer & UPP General Secretary Senator Hon Shawn Nicholas, Gender Caucus Public Relations Officer Senator Hon Aziza Lake, Independent Senator Hon Bakesha Francis-James, Executive Director Women Against Rape (WAR Inc) Alexandrina Wong, Directorate of Gender Affairs Communications Officer Raisa Charles, Attorney General’s representative Joy Dublin-Baptiste, UPP St John’s Rural North candidate caretaker Pearl Quinn-Williams, DNA Communications Officer Chaneil Imhoff, Barrister & Intersect Storyteller Annetta Jackson, ABLP Youth Arm representative Carolyn Quimby-Jarvis, and UPP Youth Arm Representative Chelsea Akiba Agard.

 

The all-day session involved taking a gendered approach to reviewing legislation affecting women and marginalized groups in Antigua & Barbuda.

 

The Sexual Offences Act 1995, Domestic Violence Act 2015, Offences Against the Person Act 1873 (Abortion), and the Marriage Act 1925 were some of the legislation that were reviewed.

 

Proposed legislation related to sexual harassment, women’s mental health – postpartum depression, and medical discrimination were also addressed. A proposal with the suggested changes will be presented to the Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon Steadroy Benjamin as well as private member bills will be submitted to the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda.

 

President of the Senate the Honourable Alincia Williams-Grant had an idea to create a Gender Caucus in the Parliament of Antigua & Barbuda as a standing committee so as to provide an opportunity for women parliamentarians (past & present) to unite, irrespective of political party affiliation to ensure equality for all with an emphasis on gender equality and marginalized groups.

 

Also to exchange ideas, support one another on issues of common concern and work collectively to advance gender-responsive policies and laws in Antigua & Barbuda.

 

The mission of this body would be the integration of a gender-responsive environment into legislative action in order to foster peace, sustainable democracy and economic development.

 

This workshop is the first step of the Network Of Women Parliamentarians in Antigua & Barbuda to affect change and ensure that the laws of our fair nation ensure gender equality and equity are addressed in their design and implementation.

 

 

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Attendees included………….. Gender Caucus Public Relations Officer Senator Hon Aziza Lake…..

    Wasn’t this a workshop for FEMALES?

    This person is so confused but what else can be expected from satan (the ruler of this world).

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      • Bcos she think she MORE MAN than WOMAN…

        IF SHES SO MUCH FEMALE AS YOU SAY Y SHE SO MANLY LOOKING N DRESSING ….. SHES A BUT H A UGLY 1 at that…

        Dnt she identify as TRANSGENDER…

        • Thinking you’re rich doesn’t make it so. A penis is a penis. A vagina is a vagina. But back to the topic at hand ….the issues discussed in this workshop are very important for our society. I hope that we will see more action taken in this regard and future workshops

    • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚…… she looking more pussie to suk.

      She look so FCKUP clothes always tight …too small… she ONLY WANTS TO BE IN MAN when its convenient for her….sexually.

      Azizza its for WOMEN ONLY…. NOT A TRANSGENDER CONFUSED?

  2. The water in the LAKE must be rough because of the headlineπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£. GENDER IS A FACT!
    I just made Dave Chappelle proud πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚.

  3. Aziza …you look like you have “mumps”…..

    No more side shots for you….plz use the monies you get for being a senator and buy the right size clothes….clothes that ACTUALLY FITS…..

    BTW…did she understand the ASSIGNMENT……WOMEN ONLY AZIZA WOMEN NOT TRANSGENDERED ….MEN…

  4. 🀣🀣🀣 but on a serious note….she is in attendance because their trying to give ppl like her/him equal rights as well…πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

  5. The level of immaturity in this comment section being directed towards our Senator Lake, is appalling. Whether you agree or disagree with her “lifestyle” it doesn’t give you the right to be commenting negatively and body shaming her on a virtual platform.
    You have all missed out on the importance of the meeting. Issues women and little girls face every day are being brought to light in this Workshop, these individuals are trying to change the ways of society to better our community.

    Learn from this!

  6. “I will say this categorically – that you cannot change your sex, your sex actually is there in every single cell in the body you have a chromosomal sex you have genetic sex you have hormonal sex, you have all sorts of psychological brain sex, they’re all different.”
    -Lord Robert Winston
    -Bioligist and professor of science and society at Imperial College London

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