Captain Sawyer out of line, says Rice-Bowen

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Outgoing president of NOW, Marilyn Rice-Bowen speaking during today’s meeting.

Outgoing President of the National Organisation of Women (NOW), Marilyn Rice- Bowen has suggested that calypsonian, Captain Sawyer, who penned the calypso, Sugar Daddy, should not be asked to appear at any National Cultural Foundation (NCF) sponsored activity this Crop Over Season because the lyrics of the tune cast Barbadian women in an unfavourable light.

She made the comments today while delivering her report at the Biennial General Meeting of NOW at the Warren’s Complex, Warren’s, St Michael.

Rice-Bowen contended that in this recession when many women were on the breadline, it was unpalatable to hear such predatory behaviour expressed in the song.

Noting that statistics showed that 44.2 per cent of Barbadian households are headed by single women, she said it was logical to assume that an equal proportion of women were in visiting relationships.

She argued that encouraging such behaviour defeats the efforts of the Ministry of Health to bring the dreaded disease, HIV/AIDS, under control.

Rice-Bowen also placed on record the organisation’s dissatisfaction with the progress in the enactment of Domestic Violence legislation.

The outgoing president called for the enactment of a Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Act, especially during the current economic downturn.

Rice-Bowen also called for the elevation of President of the Senate, Kerryann Ifill, to the status of Dame, after noting that her predecessors received knighthoods shortly after assuming office.

During the meeting Constable Tyrone Straker, of the Royal Barbados Police Force was presented with an award for the courageous action he took on December 10 last year when he saved the life of Marva Ward.

Reports indicate that Straker was travelling on a bus on his way to town when he noticed that Ward was being viciously attacked by a man wielding a machete near Skye Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael.

The citation stated that even though Straker was nursing an injured back and was on sick leave, he asked the driver to stop the vehicle and quickly crossed the road and with a loud voice instructed the assailant to desist from striking the woman.

The assailant ran off having recognised that he was a member of the police force, but was later arrested and brought before the law courts. Ward was later taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was admitted for an extended period having suffered severe lacerations to her body.

It was this quick action by Straker which saved the life of the young mother of two daughters who was on her way to work. (NC)

 

 

15 Responses to Captain Sawyer out of line, says Rice-Bowen

  1. Prince Nicholas
    Prince Nicholas May 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    STUPSE……..

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  2. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones May 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Only sensible adult in the room, take a bow.

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  3. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera May 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Another slow news day, huh?

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  4. Aisha Hold
    Aisha Hold May 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Seriously how many women are getting beat kill stupseee fight for that, what u are talking about is a every day thing stupseee

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  5. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid May 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Bald pooch catttttt

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  6. Olutoye Walrond May 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I am a bit confused. Is it that we honour people for meritorious contributions to the society over an extended period of time or simply because they hold a particular post.

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  7. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield May 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Seriously ! Madam get to Sawyer and miss a whole bus , 2 planes and 5 taxis ? This noise soooooo not getting through .What NOW is to do is not try protecting women from what men do but help them to lift their behavioral standards .In this way they will not settle for anything.Help them to see the value of working for their own money even if it is $250 it is theirs . Help mothers with their children .NOW should now mean Not Only Women . What about the school girls cussing like pirates and fighting almost every day and making social media .Oh sorry they are girls not women . Look the women singing his sound and more that speak about women”s doing real loud .Just do like others and don’t let the noise bother you

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  8. harry turnover May 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Outgoing President of the National Organisation of Women (NOW), Marilyn Rice- Bowen has suggested that calypsonian, Captain Sawyer, who penned the calypso, Sugar Daddy, should not be asked to appear at any National Cultural Foundation (NCF) sponsored activity this Crop Over Season because the lyrics of the tune cast Barbadian women in an unfavourable light.

    Rice-Bowen…..and what about the wusless women parading on the streets and in tents in skimpy costumes and body paint ? dem mo causing Barbadian women to be cast in an unfavourable light than lyrics.

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  9. dave May 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Harry -Turnover
    Yuh Right !
    Women are their own greatest enemies and they look to blame others . I like Sawyer’s song ; it is a true reflection of what goes on. it is Art ; it is the artist expressing his Art. Whats wrong with that Marilyn Rice -Bowen ? Dont your son Bo Bo sing some risque songs too ?? Come On !!

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  10. Bajan boy May 30, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Marilyn if you can’t get legislation that is long overdue passed you know that it real bad….The Ag poor fellow like he sleeping too…we haven’t had any new legislation or of significance for 7 years.. When the previous guy woke up he was in a bigger chair..let’s hope when this one wakes up the chair is long removed…..

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  11. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte May 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Over a song? I could understand the concern but the actual act is committed daily and you dont hear them come out educating the women on how to deal with such and to reject such behaviours and advances.

    NOW should be keeping noise every day on several issues ….. I come to believe that NOW means NOISE ON WEDNESDAYS… smh

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  12. Alex Alleyne May 31, 2015 at 8:24 am

    If he had said “ALL WOMEN” , then i will have an issue .

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  13. Sandra basc May 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    NOW needs to understand that women are their worst enemy, the song has nothing to do with it. The women in this country need to respect themselves. Do you see men in skimpy and revealing clothes or customes or eveb wuking up in the worst possible way. Come on Ms Rice-Bowen take your head out of the clouds. Teach the women to take care of themselves.

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