COUVA North MP Ramona Ramdial is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to apologise for his constant use of “woman shaming” comments.
Her call comes after Rowley likened Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s silence, on whether she tipped off Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald that she was going to be arrested by police, to that of a disease found in fowls.
At a news conference on Monday, Rowley said he grew up rearing yard fowls and that they sometimes got a disease called “pip” which makes them unable to open their beaks.
In a release on Tuesday, Ramdial said whenever the prime minister was “backed into a corner and asked to comment on his government’s incompetence and mishandling of state affairs, his ‘go-to’ defence is to attack and blame the Opposition Leader and her gender.”
She said, “Prime Minister Rowley will go down in the history books as being the first Prime Minister to publicly attack the women of Trinidad and Tobago in such an incessantly degrading manner.
“Prime Minister Keith Rowley is no role model for our young men when it comes to showing how men should treat women.”
And the United National Congress (UNC) women were also demanding an apology from Rowley for what they described as his “disrespectful” attacks on Persad-Bissessar.
“We call on the PNM Women’s League to be your sister’s keeper and to stand against the constant displays of sexism from your leader.”