Maizie Barker-Welch now a Dame
She was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s honour list for “national, regional and international services as an advocate for the rights of women”.
Dame Maizie, who previously received the Barbados Centennial Honour and Companion Honour of Barbados, is an avid promoter of women’s causes.
She was Vice President and President of the Barbados National Organisation of Women (NOW) founded in 1970; NOW’s representative in the Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA) and Barbados’ representative at the first UN Conference for Women on Population Development in 1973. She was Barbados’ delegate to the Inter American Commission of Women in 1986-1994, President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, and Regional Coordinator for the English speaking Caribbean and USA, Canada – attending its worldwide conferences.
In 1986, Dame Maizie entered Parliament as the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative for the St. Joseph Constituency. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Community Development, also serving in other ministries including the Ministry for Women’s Affairs. She was appointed Senator from 1991-1994.