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Barbados Votes 2018: Barbadians have been waiting for a female PM - Catholic priest

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 8:45 AM
Father Vibert Stephens

Hours before Mia Amor Mottley won the 2018 Barbados General Elections, a member of the clergy declared that the country has been ready for a female leader for a very long time.

Father Vibert Stephens, head of the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, says that Barbadians were living in a macho society where the belief is that men are the ones with brain power.

“But if we look at it now, you will see how the men with the brains have allowed the country to go down,” he argued, adding that it was time to allow women to take their part in the society.

“Not just Mia. She is not the only brain in Barbados. We have excellent women who can come forward, but they are not, because of how society likes to destroy people,” he stated in reference to the negative campaign ran by the Democratic Labour Party, which targeted Mottley as leader of the Barbados Labour Party.

Stephens said a change in the way women are viewed is critical, noting that in other places in the world people empower their leaders.

“But we have the slavery mentality that only a man is the master of the country”.

Father Stephens spoke with The Gleaner shortly after he voted on Thursday.

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