NOW calling on women to vote
President of the National Organisation of Women, Marilyn Rice-Bowen, is urging all women who can vote to do so in the February 21 poll and to take along those eligible to do so.
She also said that the organisation was worried about the level of political participation by women.
“More women vote then men and the data is there and it can’t be disputed, but we want to say as women, just as we have the right to say who should rule our country, we want to have a say in the running of the country.
“I see all of the people talk about the women vote, we have always been the ones who voted, we’ve always been the ones who have been registered,” she said while speaking at a MESA event recently.
“We want to have a right to participate at the highest level in this country… We’re not saying to any man or to any person to make any special provisions for us, we’re saying that when you see a woman who has the capacity to lead, don’t chop her down. Give women the opportunity,” she said to applause.
Rice-Bowen, who contested the St. Michael West Central riding for the Democratic Labour Party in 2003 and lost, said that families with children who were eligible to vote for the first time, should encourage them to do so.
“We want the men to understand that they too have a civic responsibility. Take your children, take your boys, take them to the polls as well. The vote is important and you only have every five years and the women of Barbados and the National Organisation of Women we are concerned about the low level of women’s political participation and we will do all in our power to ensure that that is corrected with time.
“When we speak about political participation we’re not saying shut the men out, we’re saying where we have proven ourselves give us the space, that’s all we need,” she said.
The NOW president noted she was looking forward to working with MESA this year as there were common areas they could work on together including better families. She also urged the men to take better care of their health. (DS)