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Barbados: Women urged to get more involved in politics

Young women are being encouraged not to classify power within their jobs as being their end goals, but to continue to push the envelope, so that other women may also have their chance at opportunities.

This advice came from Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau, as she addressed Sunday’s Pink Parliament launch for its second cohort. Pink Parliament,
which was launched on October 17, 2019, seeks to increase women’s participation in politics through the empowerment of girls ages 14-20.

Professor Barriteau congratulated the group via video call, for completing a successful year of mentoring young women, but encouraged them to think holistically, when it came to tackling issues affecting women.

“I believe that when we focus on women as holders of state, corporate, political, or institutional power, as commendable and praise-worthy as these achievements are, this focus diverts our attention from addressing the ongoing struggles of the vast majority of women who are struggling to make a living. Working class women struggle when approaches to economic growth target and remove necessary social services for the poor, and the already dispossessed,” she said.

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