Outgoing President of the National Organisation of Women (NOW), Marilyn Rice- Bowen has suggested that calypsonian, Captain Sawyer, who penned the calypso, Sugar Daddy, should not be asked to appear at any National Cultural Foundation (NCF) sponsored activity this Crop Over Season because the lyrics of the tune cast Barbadian women in an unfavourable light.
She made the comments today while delivering her report at the Biennial General Meeting of NOW at the Warren’s Complex, Warren’s, St Michael.
Rice-Bowen contended that in this recession when many women were on the breadline, it was unpalatable to hear such predatory behaviour expressed in the song.
Noting that statistics showed that 44.2 per cent of Barbadian households are headed by single women, she said it was logical to assume that an equal proportion of women were in visiting relationships.
She argued that encouraging such behaviour defeats the efforts of the Ministry of Health to bring the dreaded disease, HIV/AIDS, under control.
Rice-Bowen also placed on record the organisation’s dissatisfaction with the progress in the enactment of Domestic Violence legislation.
The outgoing president called for the enactment of a Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Act, especially during the current economic downturn.
Rice-Bowen also called for the elevation of President of the Senate, Kerryann Ifill, to the status of Dame, after noting that her predecessors received knighthoods shortly after assuming office.
During the meeting Constable Tyrone Straker, of the Royal Barbados Police Force was presented with an award for the courageous action he took on December 10 last year when he saved the life of Marva Ward.
Reports indicate that Straker was travelling on a bus on his way to town when he noticed that Ward was being viciously attacked by a man wielding a machete near Skye Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael.
The citation stated that even though Straker was nursing an injured back and was on sick leave, he asked the driver to stop the vehicle and quickly crossed the road and with a loud voice instructed the assailant to desist from striking the woman.
The assailant ran off having recognised that he was a member of the police force, but was later arrested and brought before the law courts. Ward was later taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was admitted for an extended period having suffered severe lacerations to her body.
It was this quick action by Straker which saved the life of the young mother of two daughters who was on her way to work. (NC)
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