Women's Issues In Guyana


Nine convictions out of 647 rape reports – study says court cases often re-traumatise victims

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on July 31, 2005
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Stabroek News – July 31, 2005

Although the number of reported rapes is on the rise a new study has found that there have only been nine convictions coming out of the 647 rape reports to the police in the last five years.

In fact, only three per cent of reported cases went to trial during that time and the rate of conviction has declined from 0.9% in 2000 to 0.6% last year.

“Without Conviction: Sexual Violence Cases in the Guyana Justice System” is the new study done by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) to raise public awareness over what the organisation says is the low level of legal and judicial protection from sexual violence available to women. Statistics for the study were accumulated from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Police Force and the High Court Registry in Demerara and in Berbice for the period 2000-2004. (more…)

Appeal Court to review recent rape trial

Stabroek News – July 23, 2005

The Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has requested the Guyana Court of Appeal to review a recent rape trial which resulted in the accused walking free after a third trial.

The action cannot lead to an overturning of the verdict or a new trial. The Appeal Court judges will only review the matter and express opinions on it.

In a press statement yesterday, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), which had taken an interest in the matter, said it welcomed the referral of the rape trial to the Appeal Court.

Justice William Ramlall had accepted a no-case submission by the defence and directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. The trial involved allegations that in 1999 a then 57-year-old businessman raped a 13-year-old girl.

Women remain in the backseat – says report

Posted in Gender Equality by wiig on July 12, 2005
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Stabroek News – July 12, 2005

Guyanese women continue to take a backseat to men at the highest level of decision-making in the country and also in the male-dominated labour force, while it is estimated that almost half of the female population lives in poverty.

And while there is a predominance of behaviour at all societal levels supporting male superiority, women are challenging those beliefs by adopting roles as household heads and family providers.

These were among the disclosures made last Saturday when the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women met to consider the combined third, fourth, fifth and sixth reports of Guyana, covering its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women since the country’s previous report in 1998. Among other areas, the reports review developments in legislation, gender stereotyping, political representation, education, employment, health, rural women and family life. (more…)

Repeated rapes of children

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on July 1, 2005
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Stabroek News – July 1, 2005

Dear Editor,

It’s disturbing when I hear or read of men raping women and children with such regularity and that does not include the cases we never hear about. Imagine how any sane person reacts whenever they hear that a man rapes his children, wife or friend and the law allows them to go free of any disciplining.

What kind of example are we laying for tomorrow’s children? If we want our children to be leaders of tomorrow, let us protect them today!

Yours faithfully,

Laurence Fung