Is Trinidad and Tobago Government practicing apartheid?

A panel presentation in observance of International Women’s Day (8/3/21) was organised in Washington, DC, in the USA, by the Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Embassy and the Permanent Mission to the OAS, in partnership with the T&T Defence Force and The Women’s Roundtable Action Platform.

There were six (6) women speakers, but not one was an Indo-Trinidadian. Not even the Moderator was an Indo-Trinidadian, Chinese, Caucasian, Syrian, Lebanese or Amerindian woman. (See the poster below)

If this is not apartheid, what is it?

Where are the Indian Women’s Group, and the Syrian Lebanese Women Association, as well as the University of the West Indies (UWI) gender activists and feminists against this blatant systemic Government discrimination against non-black women?

Why the silence?

The T&T Government, led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, should note that this event was paid for by all tax-payers of T&T, including all groups in the multi-racial society.

International Women’s Day seeks to champion the elimination of disparities, inequalities and discrimination. The Day is meant to advocate, advance and bring to actualization inclusion and empowerment of formerly-marginalised people.

This Washington event was hosted in the wake of the Golden Globes Awards controversy in the USA. The ceremony was criticised for not including black and underrepresented members equitably.

It was recommended that the organisers should immediately make a “transformational change” by “engaging in an outreach to add black professionals to the organisation.”

The Rowley Government should follow suit and engage in an outreach program to end institutional and systemic discrimination at home and abroad.


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Dr. Kumar Mahabir
Dr. Kumar Mahabir, Assistant Professor University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Chairman, Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre Co. Ltd. (ICC) E-mail: [email protected]