Women's Issues In Guyana


WAB calls for violence-free Christmas season

Posted in Activism by wiig on December 9, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – December 9, 2006

ACTING Administrator of the Women’s Affairs Bureau (WAB) in the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Ms. Hymawattie Lagan has called on all members of society to ensure a violence-free Christmas season.

According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), her appeal is being directed mostly to teenagers who will be attending parties during the holidays.

GINA said Lagan urged the Education Ministry to put systems in place for monitoring school parties and other activities which school age children would attend.

“Now that most of the government schools will be closed, I am urging the Ministry of Education to be more pro-active in monitoring school parties,” she said.

Lagan congratulated members of the Guyana Police Force who are on the streets ensuring the safety of citizens and said, they, too, should be on the lookout for teenagers who are engaged in illegalities.

She suggested that all members of society should act as children’s guardians and admonished motor vehicle drivers to refrain from speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

“People would say that it is the government’s responsibility. Yes it is but we cannot do it alone. We need the help of others,” Lagan stated.

Incredible

Posted in Crimes against Women,Culture & Society by wiig on December 6, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – December 6, 2006

Dear Editor,

IT IS incredible that one has to justify the abolition of flogging in this day and age, to no less than a doctor, an editor and to certain members of the public.

Corporal punishment teaches a child that violence is the solution to misbehaviour and can become a pattern of behaviour that is replicated in all of his relationships that follow.

The argument that corporal punishment is a deterrent or worked well in yesteryear is not the opinion of most sociologists or psychologists.

The assumption that most Guyanese are eager to retain corporal punishment is particularly sad, if true, but does not give the government the right to perpetuate this abuse.

Most Guyanese men and women think its ok to beat women, but I hardly think the government would condone that behaviour either.

Corporal punishment is archaic, immoral, backward and abusive.

It teaches violence as a solution and we all need to demand that the parliamentarians vote their conscience on Thursday and remove this odious practice from our halls of education.

BEVERLEY HARPER