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Dr Carla Barnett

The Caribbean and Bermuda members of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) have extended congratulations to Dr Carla Barnett on her appointment as secretary general of Caricom and have pledged to support her in any way possible.

In extending congratulations president of IWF Barbados, Donna Every, said, “The mission of IWF is to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide, so we are particularly pleased that Dr Barnett’s strong leadership has been recognised, resulting in her appointment as secretary general of Caricom, and that she is the first woman to hold that position.”

IWF Bahamas president, Sonia Browne, commented, “Dr Barnett has as her vision for the Caribbean Community one where all citizens want to contribute to building a sense of one Caribbean people with one common experience and destiny’ and this is in keeping with our vision as Caribbean presidents, of the International Women’s Forum.”

The organisation’s T&T president, Joanne Salazar, said IWF presidents of the Caribbean and Bermuda have already met to foster collaboration between and among the forums, and to forge deeper relationships across the region in the furtherance of women’s leadership.

This was endorsed by the forum’s Bermuda president, Lynne Woolridge, who added: “We are committed to working towards the creation of a common destiny for the people in our region. We are therefore looking forward to the advancement of Caricom’s mandate under the leadership of the new secretary general.”

The presidents all shared their commitment to support Barnett in her new role in any way they can and to showcase her appointment as an encouragement to women to aspire to lead at all levels and positions of influence.