PNP women’s movement mourns the passing of feminist Dr. Glenda Simms – Jamaica Observer

Dr. Glenda Simms

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party (PNP) women’s movement mourns the passing of a dedicated feminist, Dr. Glenda Simms.

Simms, who died on New Year’s Eve, rose to prominence in 1990 when she became the first black woman to be named chair of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

In a statement released earlier today, PNP Women’s Movement President Patricia Duncan Sutherland spoke of Dr Simms’ indelible contribution to raising the voice, value and power of women in Jamaica.

“Dr. Simms was an outstanding advocate for the upliftment of women, especially in Jamaica. Her leadership of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs was but a highlight of her career in public service. She was not a academic feminist but an active feminist, examining legislation through a gender-critical lens, engaging in communities, the trenches to change the way men and women saw and treated themselves, training and reorganizing others to become champions of inclusion and equity – – she is a legacy of excellence and we are deeply saddened to learn of her passing,” said Duncan Sutherland.

“Her approach to her work was to continue to raise the bar in any space she occupied. We are grateful that her hands have worked meaningfully in Jamaica to create a fairer and more just society for our women and our daughters. May his soul rest in power,” she added.

Simms served as Executive Director of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs from 1996 to 2005. And in 2014, she was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Officer Class for her outstanding work in gender development.