The Caribbean Institute of Women in Leadership (CIWiL) vehemently condemns the verbal assault meted out to the duly elected Member of Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda (ANU), Hon. Joanne Massiah. CIWiL remain deeply disturbed by the derogatory and sexist language directed at MP Massiah in the media.
MP Massiah is a founding member of our organization and she believes and practices the mission and values of CIWiL.
It is against this backdrop that we are concerned about the deteriorating developments in ANU, because it comes at a time when representatives of the Regions Parliament, including the President of the Senate of ANU, just concluded a meeting in Saint Lucia to develop strategies to tackle Gender-based Political Harassment in Parliaments.
Every Member of Parliament’s responsibility is to act in the best interest of their constituents and to conduct the business of the people to the best of their abilities.
CIWiL stands in support of MP Massiah’s conduct during the budget presentation. We commend her for her unfaltering commitment to the people of her constituency, her country and the Region as a whole.