Women's Issues In Guyana

Combating violence against women requires inter-sectoral effort – WAB

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on March 9, 2007
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Kaieteur News – March 9, 2007

Attempts to combat the social problem of violence against women must become an inter-sectoral effort since the Human Services Ministry cannot do it alone.

Head of the Human Services Women’s Affairs Bureau, Ms Hymawattie Lagan, made this disclosure yesterday as the Ministry and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation joined forces to address violence against women.

The Ministry, in collaboration with the Rights of Children (ROC) Group, which in addition to children rights advocates for the prevention of violence against women, was able to setup a display of billboards at the hospital.

The billboards consist of special messages which, according to Ms Lagan, are intended to heighten awareness as well as to encourage people to help prevent violence.

And since the hospital is often the first place to address the results of some violent acts, Ms Lagan said that the GPHC was considered a suitable place for the erection.

Ms Lagan and the Human Services Minister, Priya Manickchand, also unveiled a plaque recognising the collaboration between the hospital and the Human Services Ministry.

This unveiling was in observance of International Women’s Day yesterday.

The plaque serves to identify the purpose of the billboards. The solidarity messages displayed on the plaque were directed to women victims of violence and were written at an event held at Public Buildings on International Day to Stop Violence against Women last year.

Minister Manickchand commended the assistance of the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Khan, noting that he was ready and willing to assist the Ministry in its quest.

Mr Khan stressed that each individual has a responsibility to help curb the problem of violence against women. He added that too often women are forced to devise excuses to explain their injuries.

Similar activities were also conducted by the Ministry’s Regional body in Region Five and, according to Ms Lagan, other billboards will soon be displayed in other public areas to boost support.

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