Apologize! That is the call also of the Young Women’s Christian Association today to the statements of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, in relation to the Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.
Calling Sinckler’s statement “unacceptable”, the association further charged: “To suggest that Miss Mottley may soon ‘strip naked . . .’ etc., is not a statement expected of someone holding one of the highest offices in this land and is disrespectful to the women of this nation.”
The YWCA went on to say: “At a time when national attention is being drawn to the issue of domestic violence in this country, and when we are experiencing an obvious decline in our values relative to our treatment of each other, we cannot afford such irresponsible and disrespectful comments from our leaders.
“Our youth and citizens in general need to have confidence in our politicians to inspire and motivate, particularly at this time of economic uncertainty,” the association said.
Stressing that it was not getting into the strategies of either party, the organization reflected that it was “our responsibility to promote Christian values in the discharge of the responsibility of those called to public office”.
“We expect that our politicians will conduct their affairs in a manner that lends to the promotion of respect for each individual, decency and order, integrity and a commitment to the values we aspire to enhance the social fabric of our nation. In light of this, we expect that Minister Sinckler will come to Christian understanding and issue an apology for this unfortunate and unacceptable comment.” (LB)