Women's Issues In Guyana

13-year-old gives birth at Georgetown Hospital

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on February 26, 2006
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-father wanted by probation authority

KN – February 26, 2006

A 13-year-old girl from a ward in the city delivered a baby boy at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
The teenager delivered a baby boy on Tuesday via caesarian section.

One source said that the teen was monitored for two days in the Intensive Care Unit after she delivered the baby.

Sources close to the teenager’s family said that both mother and baby are in good health and are resting comfortably in the maternity ward of the hospital.

Kaieteur News understands that the father of the child, who was seen visiting the mother and baby at the maternity unit yesterday, is wanted for questioning by the probation authorities.


Stella Says…I don’t wanna be a stupid girl

Kaieteur News – February 23, 2006

My column today is for the ladies (sorry guys!). Okay, girls I just have to tell you about a new song that just hit the charts, “I don’t wanna be a stupid girl.” This song is performed by Pink, an artist I have always admired for her ability to put out material that has a deeper substance than the typical shallowness that pervades contemporary pop culture.

In her new song Pink wants to know what ever happened to all of the smart girls and then she remembers, oh yeah, the smart girl is dressed in a skimpy outfit and dancing next to 50 Cent in a video. Pink boldly declares that she does not want to be that stupid girl.

After hearing the song and reading the reviews, I scoured the Internet to watch the video for this song and it made me feel ashamed for succumbing to the superficiality of that make-believe world at times. Pink mocks the likes of Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Brittney Spears by showing how these girls have little more than a nice voice and a set of fake breasts to offer the world.  (more…)

Blowing a woman’s mind

Posted in Commentary by wiig on February 18, 2006
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Kaieteur News – February 18, 2006
Peeping Tom Column

Uncle Freddie raised an important issue in his Friday column. He wrote about the failure or reluctance of the ruling party to impose discipline when it comes to excesses of their membership in government offices.

I thought this was an important issue – far more important than the coverage it is presently given – which goes to the heart of the respect that is shown to women and the way they are pressured while in the workforce. I thought therefore that I would begin a short series on the important issue of sexual harassment and I can assure readers that they will find that the problem does not just fit the stereotypes that are being pedaled.

I want to begin this series by dealing with an aspect that I had written about two years ago and which I think is the crucial point at which harassment begins: when we lose respect for women. I said then: It is not that men have lost their respect for women in Guyana . It is not that we have so lost our moral moorings that we the male Homo Sapiens have failed to appreciate the priceless jewel that is the opposite sex. (more…)

Stella Says…Are the scales of Gender Equality tipping too far on the other side now?

Kaieteur News – February 16, 2006

I was born into a world where little boys had so much promise and little girls, regardless of their intellect or potential, were treated with indifference regarding their role in society. Because of this, I try to bridge the gender gap whenever possible to show how important it is to have a world where both men and women are able to operate at their fullest potential.

After just a few decades of aggressively pursuing gender equality, it seems there is a turn-around of sorts. That is not to say that women are in fact on equal footing as men yet; indeed there is still so far to go. There are parts of the world where women are still considered property, not allowed to have a say over their own lives and bodies and must live their entire lives to please someone else – usually a man.

Even in countries where women are considered equal, there are still significant gaps in political representation and pay rates for the same jobs held by a man. Though these and other inequalities are still present, I truly believe that within the next decade or two we will have made even more substantial advances that will bring gender inequality to the brink of extinction. (more…)

Sale of narcotics locally not a major issue

Posted in Health Issues by wiig on February 5, 2006
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Kaieteur News – February 05, 2006

Dear Editor,

With regards Kaieteur News editorial of Sunday 22 January, 2006, titled “Guyanese and the drug trade,” we beg to differ. The fourth paragraph states “The other thing that would give one the impression that the drug issue is of no consequence to this country is the paucity of drug addicts. Indeed Guyana does not have many cocaine addicts so the sale of drugs in this country cannot be a major issue.”

First we must take cognizance of the fact that there are two established drug rehabilitation centres in this our beloved country, namely The Salvation Army Drug Rehabilitation Programme and the Phoenix Recovery Project.

Presently the Salvation Army’s programme is running beyond capacity and as such had to expand and create a waiting list. This programme was established November 1996 and to date in excess of 650 persons have accessed treatment. Unfortunately both programmes cater for males only and we have been receiving inquiries on an ongoing basis for females seeking help for cocaine addiction. (more…)