Women's Issues In Guyana

Performed fifteen terminations on girls in GNS

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on June 24, 2006
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Stabroek News – June 24, 2006

Dear Editor,

I read Mr Kissoon’s article of Sunday, June 18 in KN, and his comments on the Guyana National Service. I was a practising gynaecologist during the time of the National Service. While I am in support of some form of National Service in Guyana in some structured way, I know that there were many irregularities that occurred. I have personally performed fifteen terminations of pregnancies on young girls who alleged that they were raped whilst serving in the National Service. I am sure other gynaecologists may have similar experiences – but who could one have complained to? Party paramountcy was everywhere, including the police and the judiciary. Fear and uncertainty were the order of the day – now replaced by demoralization and frustration at the rape of the country by politicians.

I cannot begin to tell you how demoralized these girls were – not to mention the anguished state of the parents.

Yours faithfully,

M Y Bacchus


Intensify fight against sexual harassment of females

Posted in Commentary,Crimes against Women by wiig on June 23, 2006
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Kaietuer News – June 23, 2006

Sexual harassment of females by males is one of Guyana ‘s most enduring and endemic social problems; it is imperative that right-thinking citizens intensify the fight against this shameful affliction.

Every day, in every sphere of social interaction, females of all ages — young girls, teenagers, wives, mothers and grandmothers — are the targets of unwanted, offensive, sexually-laced comments and conduct. In many cases, this harassment escalates into outright abuse if the victims rebuff or rebuke the perpetrators.

While it is unusual for female victims of sexual harassment to complain publicly, there is absolutely no doubt that such abuse is not limited to isolated incidents. In fact, females in Guyana are forced to endure so much of this type of harassment that it has become a full-fledged national issue. It deserves meticulous national scrutiny and a dynamic, socially sensitive response. (more…)

Alleged sex abuse stepfather flees with family

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on June 9, 2006
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Stabroek News – June 9, 2006

Welfare officers from the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security were prevented from investigating alleged physical and sexual abuse of some girls by their stepfather as the man reportedly got wind of their impending visit and fled with the family, according to Permanent Secretary, Trevor Thomas.

Stabroek News had received a letter from “concerned mothers” at Pearl and Sarah Johanna villages on the East Bank Demerara who alleged that the man has been abusing the girls, aged between 14 and nine, for a number of years.

This newspaper immediately contacted the ministry’s welfare department and sent a copy of the letter to the relevant authorities.

According to Thomas, his officers informed him that since receiving the letter they have been visiting the home “day and night” but always found the house tightly locked.

The officers have approached the ranks from the Timehri Police Station for assistance and they have joined the search for the man, the children and their mother. (more…)