Women Hold High Rank in Turks and Caicos

Women Hold High Rank in Turks and Caicos


Feb 1, 2017

In times like these, it's good to know when and where women in politics are shattering glass ceilings — like the small islands, Turks and Caicos.

In December, the Caribbean country elected their first female premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, who broke a 13-year streak led by the People's National Party.

Although Robinson, who is a part of People's Democratic Movement, did break a ceiling in her new role, women have been in high-ranking positions for some time.

"There are a lot of very strong women in TCI who play significant roles, who are very active in civic society and very vocal - in both the corporate world and government," said Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI's first female attorney general.

With a population of 35,000, women have held titles as deputy governor, attorney general, chief justice, chief magistrate, director of public prosecutions and five of the seven permanent secretaries, among others as well, according to BBC.

In fact, there is a bit of traditional role reversal in the county’s socio-political culture. Where in many countries, women’s empowerment programs exist to inspire women to take on higher roles, in TCI , boys are now being encouraged to "become more focused and take up pivotal roles in society," says Deputy Governor Anya Williams.

Cartwright-Robinson believes that women have been successful in TCI because of a 'personal touch,' as she noted to BBC.

"Women pay more attention to details and bring that level of personal touch. We are indeed occupying positions never before held and are doing remarkably well," she said. "The fact that women have reached these positions is an accomplishment. It's even better when we are able to demonstrate that we got there following an open and fair competition."

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Photo Credit: Facebook/ Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

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