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Gender role discrimination in the
workplace in contemporary
Caribbean can be described as a
thing of the past.”
Introduction to Sociology
Judges, Moderator, Miss Indira Rampersad, members
of the opposition, fellow members of the proposition,
audience, all. Good night. Today I stand to commerce
my teams argument which we strongly agree that
“Gender Role Discrimination” in the workplace in
contemporary Caribbean Society can only be
described as a thing of the past. We the affirmative
team believe that the statement is nothing but the
Firstly, we would like to thank our opponents for
helping us with making our case. My group members
and I strongly hold the view that gender role
discrimination in the workplace in contemporary
Caribbean is a thing of the past. Thus, gender
segregation and education arguments presented by
the opposing side will be closely scrutinized.
Gender Segregation
The Negative team has tried to persuade you into believing in their arguments that
gender segregation, gender intimidation and biased opportunities in employment and
education is present in contemporary Caribbean countries when this false!
As was mentioned by the opponents, “there continues to be a low representation of
women in parliament” and made reference to Dame Mary Eugenia Charles of
Dominica as the first female head of state from the English-speaking Caribbean.
That argument is UNTRUE, in fact! Dame Charles paved the way for females to rise
to the highest job position in the Caribbean.
Firstly, In 1970 she formed the Dominica Freedom Party and even if the party was
dominated by males, she held her own. She was highly respected by all members
in the party to the extent that she was voted repeatedly year after year to lead
the group. That shows the overwhelming confidence that both genders forming
the membership had in Mary Eugenia Charles. So opposers is that really “FEELING
STIGMAITZED?!” because, according to your findings women feel “stigmatized
when their work puts them in contact with the public.”
Secondly, By 1980, she gained even greater popularity and lead her party to win
the 1980 general elections and went on to win 1985 and 1990 elections. How
contradicting can our opponents be? She ruled the country for 15 consecutive
years. Prior to that she was the leader of the opposition from 1970 to 1980. That
demonstrates and illustrated that discrimination in the workplace was something
of the past. She did not only break that barrier for Dominica but encourage it
through the Caribbean and the commonwealth of nations and that approach open
several doors for women to hold the top positions in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago
and now Barbados. Being alienated in politics, she had to face her opponents with
exemplary courage as she was verbally assaulted on her personal life
issues(Pattulo, 2005)
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Dominica has always had women’s presence in the
parliament. As early as 1961 Phyllis Shand Allfrey formed the
Dominica Labor Party and has been a member of parliament
and followed her was Mable James. In 1970 Mary Eugenia
Charles formed the Dominica Freedom Party while she was
unsuccessful at the polls she was nominated to the senate and
became opposition leader. She won her seat in 1980. Dominica
over these years has maintained a strong women presence in
parliament. One would want to allude to the fact that there
was discrimination but Dominicans simply voted for the best
candidate whether male or female at the time. Today more
women participate in parliamentary elections that ever before.
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