PM: More women needed in politics

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday there needs to be more women in the House of Assembly and Cabinet, noting that it is a matter of “urgency”.

While addressing the Free National Movement’s (FNM) Women’s Association installation luncheon, Minnis said, “A part of your mission is to help our party to continue to grow in order to better serve The Bahamas.”

He continued, “I want to especially charge you to help to develop a new generation of female leaders within the party. We especially need more women to run for the House of Assembly and sit in the Cabinet of The Bahamas.

“This is a matter of great urgency. I will work with the women’s association and others to help to identify and to promote more women being in elected office.”

There are five women serving in the House of Assembly, whereas men make up the remaining 34 parliamentarians.

Women account for seven of the 16 individuals serving in the Senate.

There is only one woman serving in Cabinet.

The FNM is not the only major political party to vow to tackle or to take steps toward addressing the shortage of women in positions of governance in the country.

Earlier this year, the Democratic National Alliance elected the country’s first female leader of a major political party.

In May, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said the party needed more women to run in the next general election.

According to The Tribune, PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis said women will account for at least 30 percent of the PLP’s candidates in 2022.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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