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Is Your Daughter Safe At Work?

"So tell me. Do you like your job?"

"So tell me. Do you like your job?"

I read an article at the San Francisco Chronicle and it reminded me of a young girl who was me.

Fathers should read the article: Is Your Daughter safe at Work?

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Useless “Gender Policy” vs. Equal Rights Supported By Laws – Barbados Government Minister Byer Suckoo Needs A Lesson In The Difference

The Barbados government is committed to ensuring that a National Policy on Gender is developed, says Minister of Youth, Family and Sports, Esther Byer Suckoo.

She made the comments last Friday during a courtesy call by outgoing Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Harold Robinson, and incoming Deputy Director for the Caribbean Region, Hernando Agudelo.

Byer Suckoo explained that once the gender policy was formulated, it would be laid in Parliament and debated. “There are still questions in people’s minds about gender, and we need to open up discussion at a national level and give them the opportunity to express themselves,” she stated…

… from the Caribbean Net News article Barbados to have a gender policy

The Legacy Of Esther Byer Suckoo: All Talk – No Action

blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah - Byer-Suckoo is All Talk, Zero Action

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When Esther Byer-Suckoo was elected in January 2008, we were pleased and excited because we thought that she would bring a much-needed women’s perspective, professionalism and a sense of urgency to Barbados government. We thought that she would be effective and a leader in fighting for the social changes and legal protections that Bajan women need to achieve equal rights under law.

How wrong we were.

Byer-Suckoo doesn’t seem to realise that talking and talking and talking accomplishes nothing. She continues to make the same mistakes that resulted in her being sacked from the position of Minister of the Environment in November, 2008. She doesn’t understand that well-written and effective laws are necessary to lead societal change.

In truth, Byer-Suckoo operates under the same fallacy as most of her DLP comrades: she believes that words are actions.

No Employment Equality Law For Women In Barbados

Let’s start with a gender-equality premise so basic, so simple, that most free and democratic societies have already embraced the concept: no person should be excluded from being employed on the basis of their gender. No woman should be told, “You can’t apply for that job because we only hire men for this position.”

Esther, you can tell young Bajan women that they can be successful in Bajan society and business – you can tell them anything you want – but as long as the government considers that women’s rights aren’t worth protecting in law, our daughters, wives and sisters will continue to be second-class citizens.

Barbados Women Need Not Apply: "Preferably male", "2-Man Crew", "Boys for General Work"

Barbados Nation Newspaper Help Wanted Adverts - Women Need Not Apply: "Preferably male", "2-Man Crew", "Boys for General Work"

Most free and democratic societies put laws in place that prohibit excluding women from consideration when hiring or promoting employees. Newspapers and job-banks in the UK, Canada and USA wouldn’t dare print “only men need apply” or any of the other code phrases because gender-based discrimination is prohibited.

That prohibition doesn’t apply in Barbados though – where the Nation newspaper leads the way in keeping women down. Whether it is protecting a senior male journalist charged with the rape of a young female staffer, or simply printing a job advertisement that excludes women, you can count on The Nation!

Suffragettes demanded "DEEDS NOT WORDS" in 1908

Suffragettes demanded "DEEDS NOT WORDS" in 1908. The Barbados DLP Government is 100 years behind the times.

Deeds, Not Words!

Minister Byer-Suckoo would achieve far more if she would stop talking and introduce just one law that would prohibit employers from discriminating against women, and prohibit media from printing help wanted advertisements that exclude women.

Article by Shona with Cliverton.

Further Reading

How bad is Barbados at protecting women and children? Barbados doesn’t even have a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse. Byer-Suckoo talked about such a law almost a year ago, but as usual nothing happens. Barbados Government Minister Byer-Suckoo Cautions “Not To Get Our Hopes Up” Waiting For Child Abuse Reporting Legislation

And if a husband has HIV/Aids? Barbados Family Planning Association Head says Don’t tell the wife if hubby has HIV!

Yes sir… we look after our women and children very well here in Barbados.

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Why Rihanna Couldn’t Leave Chris Brown… Of Pit Bulls, Cobras, Dr. Phil and Oprah

“I’m going to beat the shit out of you when you get home. You wait and see.”

…Chris Brown as said to Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Detailed in court documents read on Oprah’s show, March 6, 2009

“Yes, low self-esteem is a well-known factor in domestic abuse dynamics. But, people don’t stay in abusive relationships because they have low self-esteem. They stay because their partner has threatened to kill them if they leave. They stay because their partner has reinforced that threat with physical abuse and stalking…”

… Anne Caroline Drake speaks of what she knows personally in her article Rihanna: Should You Stay? Should You Leave?

Rihanna Choice

Anne Caroline Drake visited our blog and left words on the Rihanna/Chris Brown saga a few times. I guess you would call Anne an activist against domestic violence and child abuse. She met President Clinton three times and that is three times more than me.

I don’t know if she ever read our articles titled Beat Your Wife In Barbados? You Are Protected From The Police If You Live In A Gated Community! and Do We Need Signs Like This In Barbados? but I think she would appreciate them.

If you care about domestic violence or if you want insight into why women and Rihanna have difficulty leaving abusers, you should read her article on Rihanna and some of the other things she writes. Anne thinks Oprah and Dr. Phil are wrong about domestic violence and she has convinced me.

Shona with Cliverton

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Rihanna’s Career Will Crash and Burn If She Crawls Back To Abusive Chris Brown

The story of Chris Brown and Rihanna’s tainted love continues. Now that the on-again has couple returned to L.A. together, it was reported that the pair — rather than go to either of their L.A.-area homes — immediately checked into the posh surroundings of the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills hotel…

… from the Celeb111.com March 7, 2009 article Chris Brown & Rihanna Shack Up in Beverly Wilshire Hotel

I find this situation disturbing. None of Rhianna’s consultants, her record label, or her publicist, seemed to have sat her down and explained to her how the American people punish women who return to their abusers.

The American media can be brutal.

LAPD Launches Investigation Into Rihanna Photo Leak

Rihanna's Brand Will Suffer If She Attaches It To Chris Brown

First they will show sympathy for the attack. They will reach out to her and print supportive articles. Then, as it becomes clear she has reconciled with Chris Brown, they will systematically attack her, little by little, tabloid after tabloid, then more respectable magazines will run articles, and finally she will be forced to appear on 20/20, or some other respected news show. No matter what she does, no matter what she says, as long as she is involved with Chris Brown her brand will be compromised.

No American company will attach their brand to Chris Brown’s. His brand is destroyed. His days of endorsements have ended.

Rhianna’s brand is about to be destroyed because of her association with Chris Brown after his brutal actions. Companies will also be cautious about attaching their brand to hers.

Very soon, the media will dub these two the next Bobby Brown, and Whitney Houston. This is both humiliating and senseless.

Rhianna sold over 9.75 million digital tracks in 2008. No other artist achieved this success in the U.S. market. After such a significant achievement financially, her brand will suffer tremendously as special interest groups gear up to ring home the message that young girls should distance themselves from her brand.

After her achievement as the first Barbadian artist not only make it internationally but to dominate the American airways, at a time when digital sales are on the rise and CD sales are steadily declining, I am amazed by the lack of guidance in this young woman’s life.

Whitney Houston was extremely successful, her brand crossed over, the American people, the American press, adored her, they loved her, until Bobby Brown.

“None of Rhianna’s consultants, her record label, or her publicist, seemed to have sat her down and explained to her how the American people punish women who return to their abusers.”

Cher, and Tina Turner, both had abusive husbands, and they both had many challenges because of it. They both became more popular after they left their husbands.

Tina’s brand became a super brand and was celebrated on Oprah after the release of her movie. Tina is an American Icon.

Hilary Clinton was humiliated by her husband due to his actions with an intern in the White House. Hilary was never forgiven by the powerful U.S. women groups, in fact, to this day, many of them are still angry with her. The American people too, are still perplexed as to why she stayed with her husband.

These women were married, Rhianna is not married, and if she marries so as not to testify against Chris, her brand will sink even faster. She will lose all credibility.

Wanting the case to move forward quickly will not remove the images of her abused face from the minds of the American people. Rhianna needs to sit down with a celebrity historian, and see why some celebrities survive and why some tanked after major achievements around the globe. She also need to speak to someone who sincerely cares about her well being. I don’t think any of the individuals around her are real enough to care.

If there is anyone out there who knows this young woman and who cares deeply for her, I pray that you will speak to her from the heart. What she is doing returning to this man is not acceptable in America. I understand in other cultures it may be tolerated, but not here, not now, not ever.

BFP reader Wendy E. Johnson.

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