Women's Issues In Guyana

Of road hogs and bullies

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on May 17, 2007
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Kaieteur News – May 18, 2007

Dear Editor,

I express my disgust at some of the drivers we have on the road.

On Tuesday, 15 May, 2007, at approximately 16:47hrs, I was driving along in the outer lane of the East Coast highway on my way home. There was a long traffic built-up as a result of police presence in the Plaisance area.

Anyway, the traffic had stalled for about 30 seconds, and there was a car about five metres in front of me. As the traffic began to flow, a black Toyota Marino car coming from the inside lane dashed in front of me. Of course, it touched my car but, thank God, my car wasn’t scraped because I was able to brake instantly. However, the driver of the car, a middle aged man, quickly emerged from that car. I was hoping he was coming to apologise to me, but, instead, to my horror, he started to verbally abuse me, and it was only left for him to hit me.

I eventually drove away because I was fearful for my life. I am a female driver, and I take the five Cs very seriously when driving. This is just an example of how many other women are being bullied and verbally abused by male drivers daily when driving. I chose not to report this matter to the police because I know of the long hours I would have to waste and not get any satisfaction.

Elizah Jones


Ads are disrespecting women

Posted in Commentary,Culture & Society by wiig on May 17, 2007
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Kaieteur News – May 17, 2007

Dear Editor,

I must support Mr. Vidyaratha Kissoon — who’s letter in the SN on May 15 beat me to the punch — in his critique of the television ads played by ECHO.

I was appalled that any group would be so lacking in morals that it can advertise a woman finding an open condom in her husband’s pocket and then make a decision to stay with him for the sake of the children, after a confrontation. It shows a decided disrespect of women that they must be expected to put up with a cheating husband.

This ad also sends a clear message that it’s ok to cheat, your spouse will forgive you for the family’s sake; small wonder that so many people in Guyana continue to have affairs outside of their marriage. When will we put an end to our immoral lifestyles and learn about true commitment and fidelity?

I hope that this ad is withdrawn and that ECHO issues an apology to the women of Guyana and uses better judgment in their future ads.

Sabina Perreira

A most worrying situation

Posted in Commentary,Culture & Society by wiig on May 17, 2007
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Kaieteur News – May 17, 2007

Increasingly, there are single-parent households, signalling one of three things – that women are keen to raise children without the presence of a male partner; that men are shirking their responsibility to be fathers; or that women are so promiscuous that they are uncertain of the paternity of their children and are therefore left to conduct the unpleasant task of raising children single-handedly.

We are not inclined to believe that women are increasingly promiscuous because there is no evidence to support such a contention. Instead, we find that men are in growing numbers, seeking to prey on very young women, some below the age of consent. The implications of this behaviour are far-reaching and have been discussed ad infinitum .

We know that in many cases, the financial status of the family would determine the behaviour of most of these girls. They are often prey to their needs which cannot be supplied by their household hence the opportunity for them to be victims to the men.  (more…)

Sexual performance and body image – A female perspective

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on May 6, 2007
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Guyana Chronicle – May 6, 2007
By PS. Thakur

FOR most women body image is everything. “We females are often so self-conscious about the way we look that we have to turn off all the lights before we can have sexual intercourse, even with our husbands.”

Children at the age of four or five begin to become conscious about their body image and even their sexuality. They watch themselves in the full length mirror and become fascinated and obsessed.

They notice with great interest the sexual differences of opposite sex siblings when naked in a bathroom. This fascination or obsession continues into adult years.

Women, more than men, wear clothes to make the body have a shape of a fashion model. Because of the obsession there is now a movement against the Baby Doll images – an unrealistic image.   (more…)

Gender bias still a hurdle for female journalists to cross

Posted in Business,Gender Equality by wiig on May 6, 2007
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Stabroek News – May 6, 2007
By Iana Seales

The work of an independent journalist in Saudi Arabia can be described as a ‘daily struggle’ and if you are a woman, the job is that much tougher.

On another continent, in Ghana, many women journalists never get certain assignments because they are considered ‘male stories’ such as coverage of the economic state of the country, its politics and crime.

Why the gender bias and why all the other discriminatory practices women journalists face is what females in the profession from across the world recently asked during a peer exchange in Washington DC on the issue of challenges females face in the business of journalism. The only clear answer that surfaced is that women still have barriers to break in journalism, a profession that is seeing an increase in the number of women who are making it a career choice.   (more…)