An apology has been demanded from the Deputy Speaker of the Barbados House of Assembly,Mara Thompson, for attacking the ‘childless’ status of two female opposition MPs.
The demand for the apology is coming from the Gender Affairs Committee of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Barbados Today has reported.
The Committee said in a statement that Thompson grossly disrespected the two female parliamentarians with her “discriminatory remarks”.
“ These comments are disrespectful not only to women who have no children but also to the women who have played the role of mother to children that were not their own,” the statement said.
The statement noted that it is the individual right of any woman if she so desires, to bear a child or not.
The Committee said to hear and witness such shameless behaviour displayed by a female sitting MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly is totally unacceptable, especially coming on the heels of International Women’s Day Celebrations which encouraged all women to “Be Bold For Change”.