Jamaica’s Political Ombudsman, Hon. Donna Parchment Brown, was a presenter on the topic: Respond, Restructure, Recover at a webinar organized by Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL), a regional organisation charged with promoting women’s political development to ensure greater political participation & inclusion in decision-making & leadership roles.

The Political Ombudsman noted key leadership qualities for great leaders. These qualities include communication, empathy, resilience, vision and accountability. Using these leadership attributes, women should continue to participate in the political process as party members, supporters, active observers and voters.

The webinar was held under the theme: Women Leadership and the Response to COVID19 in the Caribbean. Speakers included, Hon. Samantha Marshall MP, Min. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs from Antigua & Barbuda, Ms. Nana Bayne, Social Economist and Gender Expert/CIWiL Board Coordinator, Ms. Tonni Ann Brodber, Deputy Representative for UN Women, Dr. Tress-Ann Kremer, Head of Good Offices for Peace & Political Adviser for the Caribbean Region Commonwealth Secretariat and Mr. Abubakar Abdullhai, Programme Officer for the Inclusive Dialogue & Women’s Political Participation Project Commonwealth Secretariat. Sponsors consisted of UN Women, CIWiL, ParlAmericas, Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Canada.

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