In the midst of all the hysteria surrounding the upcoming gambling poll, Bahamians have lost sight of the issue most deserving of a genuine and legal referendum… women’s rights in The Bahamas.
Women drivers are being targeted by four armed men who are causing traffic accidents then robbing the motorists.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson has called on men, as they did 50 years ago, to support the fight to end discrimination against women.
Parliamentarians called upon to follow the example set by the members of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and join forces to ensure that “there is true equality of rights for women” in The Bahamas.
Parliamentarians must not allow another five-year term of government to pass without implementing the legislative and constitutional reforms needed to erase all forms of discrimination against women.
The story of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas is a “powerful and compelling one” inextricably tied to a quiet revolution that ultimately led to the “birth” of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
In discussing a Constitutional review for casino gambling opposition leader Dr Minnis stated that he would also welcome any changes supporting equal rights for Bahamian women.
The Constitutional Review Commission will review and make suggestions regarding the clause which bars Bahamians from casino gambling. But what about the clause that discriminates against Bahamian women?
A banned speech prepared by noted suffragette Dr Doris Johnson in 1959 will be presented during a special sitting of the House of Assembly to honour the women’s suffrage movement‘s 50th anniversary.