Women's Issues In Guyana

Today is International Women’s Day

Posted in Activism,Gender Equality by wiig on March 8, 2007
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Kaieteur News – March 8, 2007

Guyana will join the rest of the world today, in observing International Women’s Day, an annual event.

Administrator of the Women’s Affairs Bureau (WAB) Hymawattie Lagan said the empowerment of women in Guyana remains a priority for the administration. She said women are encouraged to participate in the decision-making processes of society, through countrywide gender sensitisation campaigns.

This year’s event will be observed under the theme, “Ending impunity for violence against women and girls,” which Lagan said is opportune since Guyana’s efforts against violence in society, particularly domestic violence have been strengthened.

Several activities are planned by the Bureau and its Regional committees. Among these are the traditional message to the nation by the Minister with responsibility for women, Priya Manickchand which will be broadcast on radio and television, and radio and television programmes featuring prominent Guyanese women, their struggles and achievements. The annual reception hosted by the Minister will be held at Le Meridien Pegasus.

Meanwhile, efforts are continuing by the administration to reduce domestic violence and the WAB is collaborating with women’s non-governmental organisations and other partners, to stop violence against women.

Lagan said that Government intends this year to heighten awareness of domestic violence, its causes and prevention.

“We will concentrate on public education and outreach programmes which will promote awareness of gender issues, trafficking in persons and women’s rights among women and men, especially in the rural and hinterland locations,” Lagan said.

Last year, the Bureau conducted over 30 gender sensitisation campaigns in all the regions through the Guyana Women’s Leadership Institute (GWLI).

Lagan said the Ministry will continue to train staff members in the areas of gender sensitisation, planning and policies surrounding these issues.


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