Barbados: Apology demanded from Deputy Speaker

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”.


  1. Anonymous
    March 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    What was the statement? if you are going to report on this, should’nt you give your readers an opportunity to judge whether the gender relations committe had reason to demand an apology.

    1. Anonymous
      March 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      I guess we will have to read Nation News from Barbados.

    2. Anonymous
      March 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Apparently, she said that the two female Opposition MP’s did not or could not have children.

      1. Anonymous
        March 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        She stated that because they are “childless women” they are incapable in her view to handle the economic or family affairs of the country .

        Which is a blow to all women especially those who have no children but raise other children as their own

    3. Anonymous
      March 19, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Have a look at this video clip I hope it give You a clear view of what women are going through here .

    4. Anonymous
      March 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      More details at this link;

  2. sharon terrell
    March 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Ms know it all that deputy speaker of the house gone to far ,her antenna dont go all the way up,or her air conditioner to high.want be a dictator or she trying to walk up the communist lader.must think she in China,no you in Barbados caribbean.Rhe whole of Barbados need to just breed and let her support their kids.She must know something the childless women dont know hehe.And we celebrating International Women’s Day.Here goes the price.(Words deleted)

  3. Anonymous
    March 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Just remember that the Deputy Speaker in a St. Lucian. She is really a Giraudy who got married to the then Prime Minister of Barbados who has since died. So maybe she was just giving a little St. Lucian “mepris”. In any event, there is nothing to apologise about, because she was speaking under the privilege granted by Parliament. On another note, let us note that Barbados has a Deputy Speaker. I am proud that she is a St. Lucian who once was a member of the St. Lucia Cycling Club, taking part in races around the Castries City circuit. Henry Giraudy would now be proud of her.

  4. Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 at 1:27 am

    St. Lucia must be the only country in the region without a Deputy Speaker. So, apart from everything else, the current Government is not guaranteeing the people who voted for them , as well as those who didn’t, that there will be continuity in Parliamentary business. The irony, in a sense, is that a Saint Lucian is serving as Deputy Speaker in a neighbouring island. Oh, by the way, Sad-but-true please take note, if you intend to continue to call Prime Minister Chastanet a foreigner who should “go back home” to Martinique.

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