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Women in Caribbean Politics

Throughout the Caribbean women are actively involved in politics from the organisation level to serving in parliament, with several presiding officers being women. In recent years Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada named their first female Governors General, and Trinidad and Tobago elected its first female Prime Minister.

 Women Heads of State
Pearlette Louisy

Her Excellency Dame C. Pearlette LOUISY
Governor-General
Saint Lucia
(19 Sep 1997 - present)

Louise Lake-Tack
Her Excellency Dame Louise LAKE-TACK
Governor General
Antigua and Barbuda
(17 Jul 2007.- present)
Her Excellency Cecile La GRENADE
Her Excellency Cecile La GRENADE
Governor General
Grenada
(7 May 2013 - present)
 Women Heads of Government
Portia Simpson-Miller
The Most Hon. Portia SIMPSON-MILLER
Prime Minister
Jamaica
(5 Jan 2012 - present)
Kamla Persad-Bissessar
The Hon. Kamla PERSAD-BISSESSAR
Prime Minister
Trinidad and Tobago
(26 May 2010
- present)
Girlyn Miguel
The Hon. Girlyn MIGUEL
Deputy Prime Minister
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(14 Dec 2010 - present)
 Women Leaders of the Opposition
Mia Mottley
The Hon. Mia MOTTLEY
Leader of the Opposition
Barbados
(25 Feb 2013 - present)
Gale Rigobert
Dr. The Hon. Gale RIGOBERT
Leader of the Opposition
St. Lucia
(1 Feb 2014
- present)
Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
The Hon. Sharlene CARTWRTIGHT-ROBINSON
Leader of the Opposition
Turks and Caicos Islands
(16 Nov 2012 - present)
 Learn More
Read Biographies of current and former women leaders in our Knowledge Centre
Women & Governance: A Grenadian Experience
Women’s Participation in Politics: A View from the Caribbean
Visit Caribbean Institute for Women in Politics
Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
SOURCES
IPU: PARLINE database on national parliaments
http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/Current-Women-Leaders.htm
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