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OUR WOMAN JUDGES ARE NO ‘AUNT JEMINA’

Women For Change (WFC), the women’s arm of the Alliance For Change (AFC), is appalled that a senior minister in the Irfaan Ali installed government finds it acceptable to publicly call for two women judges to be fired simply because they did not rule in favour of the government.

Nigel Dharamlall’s face book post stating that Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings Edwards and Appeal Court Judge Dawn Gregory should be ‘defrocked’ for their recent ruling in the elections petition related case reveals the contempt he has for the independence of the judiciary and black women judges in particular.

WFC notes that Justices Cummings-Edwards and Gregory have served this country with distinction and are role models for young women in the legal profession and those aspiring to this noble profession. Even young women outside the legal fraternity look up to these two women stalwarts as examples of what hard work, decorum and dedication can lace you.

Dharamlall’s call to fire Justices Cummings-Edwards and Gregory is an attempt to cower judges into doing the bidding of the government. It nothing but a vile attack against two of our finest jurists, professional black, Guyanese woman. It is an attempt to turn our professional black women into submissive ‘Aunt Jemimas’ of society.

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