The National Organisation of Women has come out in condemnation of recent statements by the Democratic Labour Party Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler.
But even while the organisation that represents women has supported Barbados Labour Party Leader Owen Arthur’s similar criticism of the statements, President in a statement then called on Arthur to reinstate Mia Mottley as his deputy.
“The National Organisation of Women views the statement made by Mr. Chris Sinckler regarding Mrs. June Fowler at the Democratic Labour Party’s meeting in Clevedale, Black Rock, as unfortunate. We are heartened by the approach taken by Mr. Arthur as he viewed the statement as an attack on women,” Rice-Bowen stated.
Arthur had read a statement at a BLP meeting at the corner of Harts Gap and Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church on Sunday night, which he said was made by Sinckler at a meeting in Clevedale, criticising Fowler in strong language for her attempts to clarify an issue related to Clico.
Referring to Sinckler’s comments about Fowler, Arthur said he wanted to hear Sir Henry Forde on the issue since “this is not the kind of Barbados that you sought to help create where women could be treated with a position of dignity in this country”.
As the DLP also had female candidates, he indicated he wanted to hear candidate Verla Depeiza, as well as the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the issue.
Likewise he also told the church and other organisations “who often take this high moral ground … calling for politicians to behave themselves in public to speak in the strongest possible terms in condemnation of this statement by Chris Sinckler that treats a dignified Barbadian just doing her job in a manner that I believe amounts to the purest form of political sewage that this country has ever had to put up with”.
“This is sicker than sick, this is lower than the gutter and I believe that if the women in Christ Church West, as I know you do, have any self respect, even the Dems who are women in Christ Church West will refuse to vote for the Democratic Labour Party if this stain on the character of Barbados and this ultimate insult against a Barbadian woman is allowed to stand without apology by the Democratic Labour Party.”
NOW, this evening joined the reprimand of Sinckler for the comments made, but took it a bit further, stating: “Against this backdrop we call on Mr. Arthur to, prior to the General Elections on February 21, 2013, reinstate Miss Mottley as deputy leader of the Barbados Labour Party.”
Rice-Bowen stated: “Miss Mottley has very ably demonstrated locally, regionally and internationally her political aptitude. She has therefore proven that she is deserving of the elevation to such a leadership role within her party.
“We view the ousting and subsequent relegation of Miss Mottley as a reversal of the advancement of women. The National Organisation of Women applauds Miss Mottley for her courage and commitment to the advancement of women in the face of all she has endured in these specific and trying circumstances,” she said. (LB)