Women's Issues In Guyana

Study shows fathers, stepfathers prime culprits in sexual abuse cases

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on September 10, 2007
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Kaieteur News – September 10, 2007
By Melanie Allicock

About 10 percent of girls and five percent of boys in Guyana have been sexually abused.

This is the finding of a recent study commissioned by the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security and UNICEF.

However, sexual abuse is highly under reported worldwide and Guyana is probably no exception, the survey found.

The survey found that the most common perpetrators of sexual violence are fathers and stepfathers. In some areas, teenaged girls are being trafficked to work under exploitative conditions, often as prostitutes.

Girls are sometimes pushed by social or economic pressures into sexually exploitative relationships or prostitution. (more…)


Why have rice farmers been given VAT relief but not poor women?

Posted in Commentary by wiig on September 9, 2007
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Stabroek News – September 9, 2007

Dear Editor,

Every single day, Red Thread monitors developments related to the Value-added Tax (VAT). Reading the papers for Friday, September 7, 2007, we saw in the Stabroek News and Chronicle that rice farmers are to benefit from a temporary measure that will zero-rate combines and tractor spare parts, and that this step is being taken because of the increased production costs the farmers are faced with mainly because of the rise in fertilizer and fuel prices along with the application of VAT on spare parts.

Whenever we as grassroots women raise our need to pay less VAT, the answer is that we need to be further educated about VAT. We are educated about VAT every single time we go into the shops and face more price rises. Now it seems that it is the government which needs education about VAT. Any honest person carrying on a business and who has an annual turnover of $10 million dollars (we are sure this would include people who can afford a combine) gets back any VAT they pay on their inputs, so how can they say that the application of VAT on spare parts is a problem for the rice farmers? We also read recently that the government spokesman on VAT said that VAT is good for business. Are rice farmers not carrying on business? Aren’t they registered for VAT? Perhaps the Commissioner General needs to check urgently.

We cannot accept that relief is right for those purchasing a combine for $30 milllion dollars but wrong for those of us who earn $30,000 a month and less. (more…)