Differently-able woman to be first female president of Barbados senate

(Barbados Nation) The blind woman who will make history next week when she becomes the first female President of the Senate says she is “humbled and blessed” by the honour.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the announcement yesterday in the House of Assembly that 38-year-old Kerry-Ann Ifill would head the Senate while attorney-at-law Verla Depeiza will join the Upper Chamber.

Depeiza is the Democratic Labour Party’s candidate for Christ Church West.

In his presentation to the debate on the 2012-2013 Appropriation Bill, the Prime Minister said: “This country is now poised as of next week . . . to have its first female president of the Senate and a member from the disabled community.

“This party appointed the first female Governor General of Barbados and of next week we will have the first female president of the Senate in a post-Independent Barbados, and she will be a member of the differently-able community in Senator Kerry-Ann Ifill.”

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