Bureau recalls 40th anniversary book
THE BUREAU of Gender Affairs is scrambling to recall scores of copies of its 40th anniversary book, which it says was distributed to staff members prematurely, but The Gleaner understands that some stakeholders also received copies.
The glossy finished publication was pulled after news emerged that senior persons in charge of the Bureau did not sign off on the book.
Additionally, there is growing disquiet in some circles that no message was sought from opposition spokesperson on gender affairs Olivia 'Babsy' Grange for the milestone celebration.
The Gleaner also understands that the 40th anniversary document did not receive the blessing of the minister with oversight responsibility for gender affairs Sandrea Falconer.
Colette Roberts Risden, chief technical officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, who is in charge of the Bureau, told The Gleaner that she was advised that the book was not finalised as yet, but had been inadvertently distributed internally.
Pointing out that she was on vacation leave and did not see the final document, Roberts Risden said it ought to have been signed off by a senior person.
"It was not yet ready for external (distribution). It was not properly vetted and finalised to be circulated," she added.
She told The Gleaner that someone would be held responsible for distributing the anniversary book without being given the green light from the Bureau's management.
The decision to withdraw the document was disclosed at a meeting held on Monday at the Bureau.