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Officers of the Bureau of Gender Affairs have been put on notice that gender bias in the execution of their duties will not be tolerated.
Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett yesterday issued a warning to officers of the Government department to be “watchful of their public protestations against one group over another”.
“. . . Though you are an advocate, and publicly display a bias for one gender over the other, at the end of the day the bureau for which you work has to be as impartial and as even-handed as possible.”
“If this is not perceived or acted out in reality, the credibility of the agency is seriously compromised and its interventions can be questionable,” Blackett said in the House of Assembly during debate on the 2014-15 Appropriation Bill to approve Government’s Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the 2014-15 financial year.