Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, has been assigned responsibility for Gender Affairs and Child Development.
This announcement of “the amendment of ministerial responsibilities” came via a release from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday.
The release stated that responsibilities for matters relating to the Children's Authority, Child Development, Children's Homes, Children with special needs, Community Residences, Orphanages and Gender Affairs have been removed from the purview of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister.
The release stated that in this regard, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister Ayana Webster-Roy's portfolio will be expanded to include these responsibilities, which were previously held by Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, Minister of Social Development.
The release said President Anthony Carmona had been duly advised of the adjustment, which became effective from Wednesday.
The announcement follows the Prime Minister's statement last month that he had reviewed his original decision not to have a Minister for Gender Affairs, in the light of the video of a toddler being mistreated by an adult man.