Condolences expressed for Wilchcombe

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Women United (WU) expresses our profound sorrow and deepest condolences on the passing of Minister Obie Wilchcombe, the Minister of Social Services and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Progressive Liberal Party, his constituents, and the entire nation of The Bahamas during this difficult time.

Minister Obie Wilchcombe was not only a dedicated public servant, but a compassionate leader who championed the rights and welfare of women and girls in our country. Since assuming his role at the Ministry of Social Services, he collaborated closely with Women United, demonstrating a genuine willingness to understand our concerns, embrace our ideas, and work collaboratively to address the pressing issues affecting women.

“Minister Obie Wilchcombe was doing an amazing job ensuring that women and girls received the necessary protections and support through the policies and legislative amendments that are currently being proposed and tabled in Parliament,” stated Prodesta Moore, President of Women United.

“He had promised to work with WU, and I believe that we were close to agreeing the recommendations which we made to amend the Protection Against Violence Act,” added Lisa Bostwick-Dean, a Vice President of Women United. “I am deeply saddened by the Minister’s sudden passing. I was filled with hope that we would achieve great things with him at the helm of Social Services. He seemed sincere about not just hearing us, but actually making necessary changes. He is already missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Erin Brown, VP and Disability Chair for WU, also noted: “It was Minister Wilchcombe’s mission to ensure that disabled women and girls were acknowledged, represented and included on all levels. He was intentional, strategic and action-oriented in this pursuit of our disabled community and those most vulnerable and living with diverse disabilities. He believed in creating an inclusive society. Our voices will forever honour his memory.”

Women United will continue to tirelessly advocate for the rights of women in our country. We are determined to continue working towards the creation of a society that honours, protects and respects the women of our nation.

We extend our heartfelt condolences once again to his loved ones, colleagues, and the people of The Bahamas. Minister Obie Wilchcombe’s passion for positive change will forever remain an inspiration to us all.

May he rest in eternal peace.



September 25, 2023


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