In recent weeks, Saint Lucians have been appalled by the continued barrage of threatening, derogatory, misogynistic and sexist remarks made by Richard Frederick. These unrelenting attacks on private individuals, particularly women, have become a matter of grave concern.
In a troubling pattern, the Minister has repeatedly used his platform on a televised talk show to publicly berate, belittle, bully and speak blatant untruths about female citizens, calling them out by name.
Such behaviour is not only intolerable but also poses a significant menace to the values and progress of our nation and the right of all citizens to a peaceful existence.
His public platform is under scrutiny by an international audience and the Caribbean diaspora has already, via social media and other platforms, called for an end to this crass, disgraceful behaviour, unbefitting of a government Minister.
Need we remind the Minister that he is paid by the public purse, that the highest standard of private and public behaviour is expected of him, that he is not a law unto himself, and that he answers to the citizens of this country.
The United Workers Party, along with countless citizens, stands firmly against misogyny, sexism and bullying. We believe that every individual, regardless of their gender, must be treated with respect and dignity. Sexist and derogatory remarks made by public officials undermine the principles of equality and fairness that our country holds dear.
The question that now demands an answer is: Where is Prime Minister Pierre in all of this? The disrespect for women by members of this administration has reared its ugly head once again and Prime Minister Pierre must condemn such behaviour unequivocally.
His silence on this matter raises serious questions about whether he accepts and condones the Minister’s misogynistic conduct. Prime Minister Pierre needs to address this matter promptly and in a manner that reflects his commitment to equality and respect for all citizens.
The well-being of our society depends on this commitment and the leadership must set an example by condemning any behaviour that falls short of this standard.
The United Workers Party calls on all responsible citizens to join in denouncing misogyny and sexism, and to demand accountability from our government officials who engage in such behavior.
It is time for us to take a firm stand against and to call for an immediate stop to intimidatory, sexist, bullish behaviour by anyone in the public domain far less a Minister of Government.
Enough is enough.
SOURCE: United Workers Party. Headline photo: Stock image of Richard Frederick speaking with reporters.