FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and former Senator Telator Strachan yesterday both pledged their support for Tuesday’s referendum.
“Today in The Bahamas, women shoulder much of the responsibility for the family,” Mrs Pratt, who served in the first Christie administration, said in a statement.
“The majority of households in The Bahamas are headed by women.
“The rights to match this responsibility are long overdue. On the other hand, there are thousands of men in our country who daily give of their best for the provision and protection of their families.
“In my opinion, ensuring that the rights extended in our Constitution apply to men and women equally across the board, does not in any way disrespect the men of our country.”
Mrs Pratt added that she has always supported men adding that when both genders stand together “the family flourishes”.
“These bills will help to buttress and strengthen the foundation of the family in The Bahamas and they will in no way demean our men. For these reasons I support the bills.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Strachan said Bahamians should vote ‘yes’ to all four Constitutional Amendment Bills on gender equality or they could regret being on the wrong side of history.
In a statement, Mrs Strachan, who was among the first group of women voters in 1962, recalled how some women later expressed disappointment that they did not take advantage of that historic vote when they were afforded the opportunity 54 years ago.
She urged first time voters to head to the polls on this historic occasion.
“It’s important that you help to build your country,” she said.
She lamented that it has taken a long time to get to this crucial step, but added that Bahamians should think about “the future of their children and grandchildren”.
Mrs Strachan pointed out that she raised her son and daughters so they could have “the same access to opportunities. That’s what I worked for”.
She said voting “yes” would make the Bahamas a stronger nation with men and women working equally together to build the country for future generations.