The Equal Opportunities Bill never got to see the light of day as it was struck down before it could be presented in the House of Representatives. Since the first introduction of the EOB consultations followed amid a sea of opposition, misinterpretations and controversy. The Ministry of Human Development was one of the driving forces behind this Bill. CEO Judith Alpuche spoke on the Bill’s failure to launch and her disappointment.
Reporter: Were you disappointed that the Equal Opportunities Bill did not make it to the House or the House Committee?
Judith Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Human Development: “Absolutely because as you know I’m a proponent of that EOB, I continue to be. I feel very strongly that every human being has dignity and worth. I believe very strongly that the state as the duty bearer must protect everyone from discrimination and the same way I think that bill goes over and above in protecting the rights of the church everybody’s rights must be protected. So I can tell you I Judith Alpuche I am still committed to ensuring that there is equal protection for people under the law and that people don’t face hate and discrimination in this country.”
Reporter: I would imagine that the bill would be brought back after elections or ?
Judith Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Human Development: “That is for the political directorate. I can tell you what I will do as an advocate.”
Kim Simplis-Barrow also stated that the Bill is definitely something she will continue to work on and push as a private citizen.