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Women in Politics in the Caribbean

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 there have been 11 Heads of Government - Dominica was first in 1980, Haiti and Bermuda have each seen it done three times, Jamaica has had it twice with the same woman and both Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have had women run the country.

Female heads of state/government in the region have included:

  • Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister, Dominica (1980 - 1995)
  • Claudette Werleigh, Prime Minister, Haiti (1995 - 1996) 
  • Janet Jagan, President, Guyana (1997 - 1999)
  • Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister, Jamaica (2006 - 2007; 2012 - 2016)
  • Michèle Pierre-Louis, Prime Minister, Haiti (2008 - 2009)
  • Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago (2010 - 2015)
  • Pamela Gordon, Premier, Bermuda (1997 - 1998)
  • Jennifer Smith, Premier of Bermuda (1998 - 2003)
  • Paula Cox, Premier of Bermuda (2010 - 2012)
  • Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, President of Haiti (1990 - 1991)
  • Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda (2007 - 2014)
  • Dame C. Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of Saint Lucia (1997 - 2017)

Current Women Heads of State

Her Excellency Dame Sandra MASON
Governor-General, Barbados
(8 Jan 2018 - present)
Her Excellency Lucile GEORE-WOUT
Governor, Curaçao
(4 Nov 2013 - present)
Her Excellency Dame Cecile La GRENADE
Governor-General, Grenada
(7 May 2013 - present)
Her Excellency Susan DOUGAN
Governor-General, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(1 Aug 2019 - present)
Her Excellency Paula-Mae WEEKES
President, Trinidad and Tobago
(18 Mar 2018 - present)
*The Governor General is the representative of the Head of State, The Monarch H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

Current Women Heads of Government

The Hon. Evelyn WEVER-CROES
Prime Minister, Aruba
(17 Nov 2017 - present)
The Hon. Mia MOTTLEY
Prime Minister, Barbados
(25 May 2018 - present)
Premier, Turks and Caicos Islands
(9 Dec 2016 - present)

Current Women Leaders of the Opposition

The Hon. Palmavon WEBSTER
Leader of the Opposition, Anguilla
(24 Apr 2015 - present)
The Hon. Jeanne J. AHERDEN
Leader of the Opposition, Bermuda
(21 Nov 2017 - present)
Leader of the Oppostion, Trinidad and Tobago
9 Sep 2015 - present)

Women in Caribbean Politics Series

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Women in Politics in Anguilla
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Women in Politics in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Link Read Biographies of current and former women leaders in our Knowledge Centre
Link Women in Political Leadership in the Caribbean [UN Women, 2018]
Link Women in Parliament in 2018
Link Women & Governance: A Grenadian Experience
Link Women’s Participation in Politics: A View from the Caribbean
Link Visit Caribbean Institute for Women in Politics
Link Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
IPU: PARLINE database on national parliaments
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