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There was swift reaction to Premier David Burt’s ‘change of heart’ on the Commissiong appointment, just two days after he was sworn in at Government House as the new Minister of Community Affairs and Sports and Government Leader in the Senate.

It started with a post on social media on Friday (October 9) by One Bermuda Alliance candidate Catherine Kempe who wrote: “Seventy percent sexual harassment goes unreported…up to 85 percent of women have experienced sexual harassment at work…1 in 6 women have been a victim of rape or attempted rape… There is no place in leadership for this behaviour.

The post generated a slew of comments, including one woman, who said: “And the game of politics continues…

“None of it happens by mistake either. Not when you are dealing with highly intelligent individuals. What is Really going on here? Really?”

When contacted by Bermuda Real after the former Progressive Labour Party was fired on Saturday (October 10), Ms Kempe said: “Mr Commissiong stepping down was the right action to take.
“However, I question the Premier’s decision to appoint him in the first place given the allegations.”
Moving forward, she said: “I would hope that the Premier will appoint a strong female Senate leader and minister to improve women’s representation.
“We need to continue to watch Government appointments to ensure that they are in the best interest of the country. With only 20 percent of the parliament being women we must be vigilant in condoning misogynistic behaviour.
“October 11 is the international day of the girl, let’s all work together to eliminate societal double standards and to elevate women in positions of social equality,” she added.