The Honorable Simona Broomes was appointed a Minister in the administration of His Excellency David Arthur Granger in May 2015. She served briefly as Minister within the Minister of Social Protection during where she established herself as a highly effective lead advocate for workers’ rights, safety and health and the environment at the workplace and best practices in industry. Her visits to workplaces and engagements with wrongfully dismissed workers resulted in the righting of a number of wrongs.
A miner and businesswoman by profession, Broomes was reassigned as Minister in the Ministry of Natural Resources with effect from January 2016 where her primary responsibilities include providing oversight for the maintenance of best practices in the mining sector. Broomes’ effectiveness in her present portfolio is, in large measure, a function of her intimate understanding of the dynamics of Guyana’s gold-mining industry.
Prior to her entry into mainstream politics Broomes was the prime mover behind the creation of the Guyana Women Miners Organization (GWMO) which was established in January 2012 with the primary purpose of raising public awareness about the scourge of Trafficking in Person (TIP) that is prevalent in Guyana’s gold-mining regions. Under her leadership the GWMO rescued a number of girls and women, victims of trafficking, who were subjected to various forms of exploitation. The GWMO also became an effective lobbyist for the rights of small miners in the sector.
Broomes’ work as an advocate against Trafficking in Persons resulted in her being honored by the United States Government in
June 2013 as a TIP Hero.