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Dame Nita Barrow
The late Dame Nita Barrow, former Governor-General of Barbados, studied
nursing at the University of Toronto from 1944 to 1948.
She served at various times as the world wide President of the Young
Women’s Christian Association, the World President of the International
Council for Adult Education, President of the World Council of Churches,
and Barbados Ambassador to the United Nations. A member of the Global
Fund for Women’s Board of Directors, Dame Nita was also a member
of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Mission to South Africa in 1986 and
the Convenor of the NGO Forum for Women at the United Nations World Congress
on Women in Nairobi in 1985. In all these capacities Dame Nita championed
the causes of justice, equality, peace, and the empowerment of women.
With high government office, diplomacy, and statescraft, she linked grass
roots initiatives and loyalties and was a tower of strength to local and
world-wide movements inspired by her spirit of activism, compassion, brilliance,
common sense and joy.
Dame Nita’s life was an outstanding example of dedication, commitment
and selfless service to women, men and children, especially the poor,
dispossessed and disadvantaged.