Leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Verla De Peiza is standing by newcomer Dawn-Marie Armstrong after the St George South candidate was bashed on social media for controversial comments last week.
While speaking at the DLP campaign launch at Checker Hall, St Lucy, Armstrong made remarks about being a mother and also made references to Prime Minister Mia Mottley who is childless.
She said: “In your representative Verla De Peiza and in me, Dawn-Marie Armstrong, you have two women with families, with children, that truly understand what it is to sacrifice, that truly understand what it is to care, and you have our Prime Minister stealing our hard work, the blood, sweat and tears that we have put into bearing children and raising them in this country, coming again three and a half years later to say she still cares. But how, Ma’am? But how do you care? How have you shown it? What have you done?”
“You all compare my president to this Prime Minister and I say this without apology, you cannot compare a bulldog to a great dane – same animal but a different breed. And everything you have said about my president is because she is a woman. She speaks like a woman, she talks like a woman, she carries herself like a woman and I as a woman cannot stand here and allow her to be victimised for being who she is.”
The comments were described as divisive, insensitive and concerning by groups such as the Association of Endometriosis and PCOS.
Following the public outrage, Armstrong issued an apology, to which Prime Minister Mottley also called for a stop to misogynistic comments towards female politicians.
Addressing party supporters on Sunday, January 9 at Haggatt Hall, De Peiza commended the first-timer for apologising, citing that opposing political parties have yet to do so.
“Dawn-Marie [Armstrong], a young candidate, was vilified on social media. I kept calling to make sure she was okay….She apologised and she is as one person on social media said, she is the first politician ever to apologise to the people of Barbados, because all who call people rat boxies, we have heard no apology from them. All who call people nannygoats, we have no apology from them.
“Comrade Dawn-Marie, I speak on behalf of the whole of the Democratic Labour Party and the whole of Barbados to tell you when you make a mistake and you apologise, you are a big person; that is what is important,” De Peiza noted.