Marcella Liburd

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Marcella Liburd
Hon. Marcella Liburd (cropped).jpg
in 2014
Born (1953-07-10)10 July 1953
Nationality Kittitian
Occupation educator, lawyer, politician
Years active 1994-present
Known for First female Speaker of the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Website http://www.bryantandliburd.com/

Marcella Liburd (born 1953) is a Kittitian politician. Trained as a teacher and then as a barrister and solicitor, Liburd was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis. She has served in various Ministerial positions, as Acting Prime Minister, and is the current Chair of the Opposition for the Labour Party. She is the first woman to serve as Chair in the 81-year-old organization.

Early life

Marcella Liburd was born on 10 July 1953 in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis[1] to Anne Eliza (née Martin) and Clement Liburd.[2] After attending Basseterre Girls School, Liburd graduated from Basseterre High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West Indies in 1976.[1]

Career

Liburd returned from abroad and began teaching at Basseterre and Cayon High Schools. She returned to her own studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Law with honours in 1992 from Norman Manley Law School (NMLS) where she continued her education, earning a Legal Education Certificate from NMLS in 1994. After Liburd's admission as a barrister and solicitor for the Eastern Supreme Court in 1994, she began a political career. She was appointed as Secretary of the Labour Party in 1997. In 2004, she became Speaker of the National Assembly,[1] the first woman to serve in that capacity in the country.[3] Liburd served until 2008, when she ran as a candidate for Constituency No. 2, St. Kitts and was elected as a Member of Parliament.[1]

Liburd has drafted legislation which includes the Domestic Violence Act and Equal Pay Act.[1] She has served as the Minister of Health, Social Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs,[4] as well as Acting Prime Minister.[5] In 2011, Liburd was featured in an exhibit promoted by various departments of the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis to highlight prominent women's accomplishments.[4]

In 2013, Liburd became the first woman elected as Chair of the Labour Party in its 81 year history.[6] In 2015, the Labor Party was removed from office for the first time in twenty years, making Liburd head of the Opposition.[7]

References

Citations

Bibliography

  • Frederick, Toni (23 May 2013). "Liburd: No Confidence Motion not discussed at Labour Conference". Basseterre St. Kitts: West Indies News Network. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  • Williams, Erasmus (8 March 2013). "Hon. Marcella Liburd is Acting Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis". Basseterre, Saint Kitts: SKN Vibes. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  • Williams, Lesroy W. (5 January 2009). "Marcella Liburd: ¡°Politics is about developing people¡±". Basseterre, St. Kitts: The Labour Spokesman. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  • "Marcella Liburd". Caribbean Elections. Warrens, Barbados: KnowledgeWalk Institute. 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  • "Masses House Personalities". Historic Basseterre. Basseterre, St. Kitts: St. Kitts National Archives. 2010. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  • "Powerful Women of St. Kitts Featured in Exhibition". Basseterre, St. Kitts: MIY Vue News. 7 April 2011. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  • ""We Welcome The Investigations" Says MP Liburd". St. John’s, Antigua: Antigua Observer. 18 February 2016. Archived from the original on 19 February 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

See also

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