Women's Issues In Guyana


Cops go public on strippers

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on September 23, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – September 23, 2006

THE Police Force yesterday went public on the case of the Brazilian strippers charged with indecency in Georgetown, saying their arrest was part of a wider campaign against “unlawful activities”.

In a statement issued after the women again appeared in court, the Police Force said it wished “to place on record the facts relating to the arrest of the five Brazilian women, which seems to have stirred the interest of certain sections of the media.”

They said the five charged with allegedly stripping in the Red Dragon Sports Bar in the city, were doing so in an illegal establishment, one of many they have raided over the past months in a continuing operation.

Aurelaide DeSouza, Maria Karlene CaVodoso, Patricia Conarata DeSilva, Kenis DeSausa Paira and Cristyelen Barros Primienta, appeared in court again yesterday and Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys set a trial date of November 3. (more…)

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Unprofessional, malicious statement

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on September 19, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – September 19, 2006

Dear Editor,

I REFER to the article in the Guyana Chronicle newspaper of Saturday September 16, 2006 at page 11 under the caption ‘Court row over Brazilian dancers’.

The article quotes Magistrate Gilhuys as saying that the particulars of the offence were not properly written and, as such, he could not read something that seemed wrong and would not do so until the situation is rectified.

Paragraph 5 of the said article then quotes Mr Anil Nandalall, Attorney-at-law as saying that “This is as a result of the incompetence of the Police and the DPP”. (more…)

Greater male involvement needed in sexual and reproductive health – Study

Posted in Health Issues by wiig on September 17, 2006
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Kaieteur News – September 17, 2006

A recently concluded study, which was done through the collaborative effort of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the University of Guyana (UG), has uncovered that the implementation of a number of strategies could be instrumental in achieving greater male involvement in the issue of sexual and reproductive health.

The study was commissioned by UNFPA and conducted by the Sociology Department of the University.

The findings were unveiled at a seminar held on Thursday at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Kitty.

According to Consultant to the Study and Coordinator of the Social Work Unit of the University of Guyana Dereck Fields, the findings of the study captures the process and execution to fulfil the research goal of ascertaining the knowledge, values, attitudes, behaviours and practice of the sexual and reproductive health among males in Guyana.

Fields said that the study was instrumental in bringing out the voices of men into an area in which they felt uncomfortable to visibly associate, due to the perception that it is a woman’s domain. (more…)

Court row over Brazilian dancers

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on September 16, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – September 17, 2006
By TELESHA PERSAUD

THE five Brazilian dancers already charged jointly with committing an indecent act, stirred controversy when they made another court appearance yesterday.

Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys, before whom they reappeared after being remanded to prison since Monday, said he was unable to read new charges that were preferred against them.

He said the particulars of offence were not properly written and, as such, he could not read something that seemed wrong and would not do so until the situation is rectified.

The magistrate further said the matters should have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

“This is as a result of the incompetence of the Police and the DPP,” declared attorney-at-law Mr. Anil Nandalall, who renewed his bail application for the defendants.

The lawyer said the DPP should have a system for administering proper and legal advice, because, when the mechanism for the process breaks down, the functionaries in those chambers are ultimately responsible. (more…)

Bounty Hall

Posted in Commentary,Crimes against Women by wiig on September 16, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – September 16, 2006
Editorial

IT IS with no small amount of sorrow that many Guyanese would have read of the death of the elderly woman who was assaulted at Bounty Hall on the Essequibo coast.

That someone would want to commit any sort of violence against an elderly woman is inconceivable to most of us. The element of sexual assault adds a dimension that is outside the normal realm of speculation of the average citizen.

This is not the first time that an incident has taken place in recent years. Fatal sexual assaults on elderly women cause the occasional stir ever so often but they die down almost as quickly as they hit the front pages.

The same can be said of fatal sexual assaults on young women albeit that there is a high incidence of these. During 2004 and 2005 there was a spate of deadly violent attacks on teenaged girls by their older former lovers but nobody unconnected to the cases remembers their names now.

Our general problem, however, is not about the occasional fatal sexual assault on an elderly woman which sells a few extra copies of newspapers every other year, nor is it about the more frequent murder of young women. Our general problem is that violence against women is something that is institutionalized in our society. (more…)