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Bahamas: CALLED INTO QUESTION: Komolafe’s arrest raises “troubling concerns” about gender bias, says local women’s group

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The recent detainment of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Arinthia Komolafe for a protest held weeks ago has raised “troubling concerns” relating to women’s equality in the country, the Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Bahamas Chapter stated yesterday.

Komolafe was detained for more than five hours at the Central Police Station on Monday for a March 3 protest in Parliament and Rawson Square.

A crowd of DNA members and supporters, along with political figures including former Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Loretta Butler-Turner, Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin and Bahamian Evolution’s Lincoln Bain, gathered outside the station in support of Komolafe and to await her release.

CIWiL noted its Chair Charlene Paul was also present among the group “to stand with other leaders in solidarity in support of Arinthia Komolafe, DNA leader, in her quest for justice in the recent occurrence with the police authorities”.

She expressed her support of equity and fairness, saying: “We stand in solidarity for what is right, fair and just.

“Democracy is as much about citizenship rights and we consider it a moral imperative to promote and safeguard justice, fairness and gender equality.

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