Women's Issues In Guyana

Lindeners use Emancipation Day to protest women, child abuse

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on August 3, 2007
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Kaieteur News – August 3, 2007

Emancipation Day observances in Linden took a unique slant on Wednesday, as the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee staged its first ever “emancipation” march to protest the recent spate of violence and abuse of women and children in the community.

Regional Chairman, Mortimer Mingo, in his feature address declared, “ The history of the slaves’ valiant efforts to rid themselves of the scourge of slavery is well documented, and this wealth of knowledge of the hardships endured and battles fought, allows us to be truly appreciative of the gift that freedom from bondage represents.”

“However, these same lessons need to be transferred and to evolve in a manner, similar to the evolution of the new forms of bondage, that hold us captive; the physical and psychological abuse of our women and children.”

Mingo noted that it is unfortunate that even after achieving emancipation, people continue to perpetuate the enslavement of minds and bodies; especially those of our women and children. (more…)