More senior police officers, please

The Royal Barbados Police Force has come in for criticism from a gender equality advocate over the limited number of female officers promoted last week.

Of the 56 officers elevated, six were women, including one who received a double promotion from the post of inspector to superintendent, while another was one of ten officers who went up in rank from station sergeant to inspector.

However, Chairman of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Gender Affairs Committee Makala Beckles-Jordan said this was not good enough.

She said the notion that only a handful of women were eligible to rise in rank within the police force was too difficult a pill to swallow.

“We can safely say that in some Government institutions and in some private sector organizations we still see that they tend to prefer the male leadership as opposed to the female leadership. We find that most of the promotions given out in the police service are men. Last week we saw about four or five women out of the 60 officers that were promoted. So are we saying that we don’t have women in Barbados who are qualified for these roles? Do we not see ourselves in a position where a woman could possibly be the Commissioner of Police?” Beckles-Jordan told Barbados TODAY in an interview.

The trade unionist said it was troubling that women were still being overlooked for leadership positions within traditional male-dominated fields simply because of their gender.

She added that despite strides in recent decades towards gender equality in the workplace, women were yet to shatter the glass ceiling which bars them from leadership positions within some areas of the civil service.

“We still have roles in Barbados that women are not given the chance to be in leadership positions because there still is the stigma that males are more forceful in the leadership positions in these fields. I think there is a glass ceiling above the glass ceiling and I have to give women in Barbados kudos for breaking the first ceiling, Women have never stopped fighting to be part of the decision-making bodies of this country and we can applaud the political parties for having more female candidates. We can also applaud the prison service for taking on more female officers.”

Beckles-Jordan spoke of worrying trends such as sexual harassment of females by male supervisors, supersession and females who are overlooked “because it is claimed that they don’t fit the criteria because we have some men who believe that a female is always weak.

“If we look across Barbados we will see that the permanent secretary roles are filled by a vast majority of men. However when we come into certain aspects of the public sector we would also see that there is a vast majority of females holding the roles of chief secretariat and other administrative jobs which are considered female roles,” she stressed.

The NUPW official said the practice of categorizing some professions as gender specific was limiting employment opportunities for both women and men.

“Some men see jobs as teachers and nurses as jobs for females. If you look at the United States and Europe you see a lot of male nurses but in Barbados we do not. Males tend to think that there is male oriented jobs and female oriented jobs,” Beckles-Joran said.

9 Responses to More senior police officers, please

  1. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons January 17, 2017 at 4:39 am

    M’am, before you go off into academic mumbo-jumbo, you should consider the ratio of men to women in the RPBF. That may give you a clue – if you can appreciate it – as to the reason for the disparity. The differentiation in numbers is massive.

  2. Santini More
    Santini More January 17, 2017 at 6:56 am

    You want the macho boys club of the RBPF to promote more women?….Hahahahahahahaha

  3. Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I was saying the same thing, before you speak a load of drivel get the facts. Lady just leave the R.B.P.F. alone it does not need your input on matters where you obviously do not have a clue.

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 17, 2017 at 8:26 am

    So they gine promote them just because they females come on woman give me a friggin break.

  5. Tee Francis January 17, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Good sentiment Wade. There are several factors that have to be taken into consideration before a person is promoted. One of which is the promotion examination. If you do not sit the exam then how can you expect o be promoted. The good lady from the union doesn’t seem to have a clue about the pop
    Lice promotional procedures.

  6. Nicholas Bourne
    Nicholas Bourne January 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I agree with her if a woman is qualified she deserves to be promoted . And the women in this country should be able to work without being sexually harassed. There is a bigger picture when it comes to gender in barbados . I applaud this youmg lady for taking on this challenge. Good job Ms Jordan .

  7. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I think if a female has great achievements on record as a firearms instructor, single-hand combat, pilot both marine and aeronautical masters of the art of psychology; any one of these assets; then they should be promptly promoted to be leaders within the police force and public at large!

  8. Joy January 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I’m a woman but I would be offended if I was promoted only because I’m female. Promotions should be based on competence to perform the task.

  9. Carlisle Norville May 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    promotions in Barbados like some other islands, all ya have to do is pass de HONEY, & you will get to de money (that’s the reality here in Barbados) inclusive of job promotions Don’t play ya in know how we do do it over here


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