Dame Maizie Barker-Welch

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Former politician and teacher, Maizie Barker Welch is Barbados' latest dame. She was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire as part of the New Year's honours list for this year.

Dame Maizie says she is elated to be recognised for her services to the national, regional and international advocation for the rights of women.

However, she regrets that her late husband is not is able to share in the honour.

Dame Maize is thankful to those who would have nominated her for the honour.


The Hon. Maizie Irene Barker-Welch, BCH, CHB, (Barbados Centennial Honour, Companion Honour of Barbados), and avid promoter of women's causes, was born in Barbados on September 17,1927. Her teaching career spans the St. Bernard's School, the St. Gabriel Girls' School; the Foundation Girls' School; the Ursuline Convent and Codrington High School. She was a Dorothy Cadbury Fellow at Selly Oak University in Birmingham, UK, in 1982-83. Hon. Barker-Welch was Vice President and President of the Barbados National Organisation of Women (NOW) founded in 1970; NOW's representative in the Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA) and Barbados' representative at the first UN Conference for Women on Population Development in 1973. She was Barbados' delegate to the Inter American Commission of Women in 1986-1994, President of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Barbados, and Regional Coordinator for the English speaking Caribbean and USA, Canada - attending its worldwide conferences. In 1986, Hon. Barker-Welch entered Parliament as the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative for the St. Joseph Constituency. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Community Development, also serving in other ministries including the Ministry for Women's Affairs. She was appointed Senator from 1991-1994.

 Some of her BPW accomplishments include:

  • Development of the Personal Development Programme for Unemployed Young Mothers which taught them how to prepare for the world of work, etiquette, parenting, life skills.
  • Instrumental in the opening of the Shelter for Battered Women