Prime Minister, DPP & Governor General: 3 most powerful Barbados women


Prime Minister, DPP & Governor General: 3 most powerful Barbados women
(L-R) Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard. PHOTOS | COURTESY

Barbados is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands, the BBC reports.

With an estimate population of 285,719 people as of two years ago, the small nation has defied many odds.

It is one of the few countries in the world with several women as the most powerful Government leaders: one of them, PM Mia Mottley is currently visiting Kenya.

On Thursday, she was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s special guest for the Jamhuri Day celebrations.

She is not only the Prime Minister but also the  Head of State.

Mottley is an attorney and leader of the Barbados Labour Party.

Born on October 1, 1965, Mottley became the first woman to hold the position of a Prime Minister in the country since its independence.

She won the 2018 elections with a landslide victory, securing all 30 seats in the House which made her the first party leader the first to accomplish such a feat.

She has vast experience in leadership, having been MP for St.Michael North East as well as Leader of the Opposition in the House Assembly of Barbados twice.

Dame Sandra Prunella Mason

Dame Sandra Prunella Mason was the fist woman to serve as the Governor General of Barbados in 2018.

She took over from Sir Elliott Belgrave who retired in July 1, 2017.

Before this, she had been a practicing attorney serving as a high court judge in St. Lucia and a Court of Appeal judge in Barbados.

Born on January 17, 1949, Mason was awarded the Dame Grand Cross in the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

This is a British order of Chivalry founded in 1818 to recognize men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary non-military service in a foreign country.

It can also be conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

Donna Babb-Agard

She is the first female Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Barbados and took office last year after acting in the position following the death of former DPP Charles Leacock in July 2017.

Donna, 50, started out as an Attorney-at-Law in 1991 having joined the Department of Public Prosecutions in 1992.

She went on to become a Crown Counsel,  Senior Crown Counsel to Principal Crown Counsel, and is now the DPP.

According to Barbados media, the three most powerful women in Barbados share one thing in common: they attended the same secondary school, Queen’s College.

“They have carried the light to the highest peaks and are shining it bright not only for fellow Queen’s College girls but for all girls around the world to see,” the report says.

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