High Level Delegation to Attend Commonwealth Meeting

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Monday 16th April, 2018- A high-level delegation from Antigua and Barbuda will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London from the 18th to the 20th of April 2018.

The delegation will be led by the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. He will be accompanied by the Honourable E.P. Chet Greene MP – Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, the Honourable Maria Browne MP – Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal and Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the High Commissioner to London.

The Honourable Maria Browne is expected to deliver remarks at a high-level roundtable discussion on the role of women in politics. She will share her experience as a young woman in the politics of Antigua and Barbuda as she is the youngest woman ever elected to parliament in any Commonwealth Nation.

Mrs. Browne is also expected to advocate for the greater inclusion of women in the politics of the Commonwealth.

Foreign Affairs Minister Paul ‘Chet’ Greene during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will discuss the issue of undocumented Caribbean migrants in the United Kingdom – a topic which will be discussed during the upcoming meeting.

This year marks 70 years since the Windrush arrived with the first Caribbean migrants, who at the invitation of Britain, went there assist with rebuilding. Their contributions played a critical role in the rebuilding of Britain.  Today, however, some of these migrants, who came at a time when the Caribbean islands were still British colonies, are being treated as illegal migrants, including being detained and deported and denied access to essential services.

Minister Greene said the matter will be vigorously advanced by Antigua and Barbuda at the meeting. “The UK has a moral obligation and ethical responsibility to ensure that these undocumented individuals who worked tirelessly in the rebuilding of the “Mother land” are cared for,” Minister Greene noted.

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  1. Congratulation Honourable Mrs. Maria Brown on your new endeavor, I have been long awaiting for more vibrant and educated women to enter the political arena, you have been the people choice of Antigua and Barbuda. A young vibrant women who is on fire, as the first youngest Commonwealth Nation women ever elected to parliament, I can assure that you will represent the women of Antigua and Barbuda in the best of your knowledge as you travel to deliver remarks on a higher-level discussion on the role of woman in politics. women in politics means a lot of things: in a broader aspect, it means giving women an incentive, providing women with the foundations of knowledge and education with which they are able to better combat inequality based upon gender. On the other hand, in terms of gender here in Antigua and Barbuda , the task is somewhat different: it isn’t so much social convention which women need to overcome but merely the discrepancies in a system which is more prone towards embracing change when it is found necessary.
    Awareness of issues is, I think, key here – while Antigua and Barbuda may still feel that patriarchy exists, they cannot deny that progress has been made. Who knows? Maybe the first woman prime Minister is among us. Perhaps women in the workplace will soon match, and even overcome, income averages. God Bless you on your New Endeavor,

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