Women's Issues In Guyana

Against Difficult Odds: Women in Business in Guyana

Posted in Gender Equality by wiig on October 12, 2007
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Stabroek News – October 12, 2007

Business and entrepreneurial pursuits have always been viewed as belonging to the exclusive purview of men, while women were relegated to the “domestic track.” Those women who did manage to find jobs and start their own businesses found that the barriers erected to prevent them from succeeding were much higher than that of their male counterparts.

In spite of this, there seems to be a bucking of this trend, both locally and internationally, with more and more women breaking through the glass ceiling and in the process challenging the long held syndrome of “think manager – think male”. Women today, in a sudden swell of unprecedented magnitude, can be seen occupying leadership roles in large and small-scale enterprises and in traditional and non-traditional industries.

The success of women in business can be attributed to women’s desire to be independent, flexible and to make a positive contribution to their country’s economy under their own initiative.

Our local business scene is replete with examples of success stories, including: Doreen De Caires, Managing Director of Guyana Publications Inc; Karen Bacchus-Hinds, Founder New Era Enterprise; Sarah Parris, General Manager of Citizens Bank; Doris Lewis, Managing Director of the Gift Centre; Coleen Patterson, Country Manager of Grace Kennedy Remittance Services (Guyana); Renata Chuck-A-Sang, General Manager of Dutch Bottle Café; Nicole Correia,Director Of Finance, Marketing and Administration of the Correia Group of Companies.

Through hard work, insight, endurance and guided by the fidelity of purpose and achievement, these women are motivated individuals who found ways to transcend stereotypes and to go beyond the supposed limitations of the female business leader. In retrospect, the achievements of these women are a profound source of inspiration- particularly to other women who seek to follow their example.

Against this backdrop of the enormous success of our local businesswomen, the GCCI will be hosting a Business Luncheon presentation, with the theme “Women in Business,” later this month. The event is aimed at celebrating the strength, leadership and courage that characterizes local women who succeed in the business world and to help promote and encourage women of all ages to get involved in business and entrepreneurial enterprises.

The guest speaker at this event will be leading business professional Mrs. Amanda St. Aubyn, who is the Managing Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Guyana). Ms. St. Aubyn will share her personal and professional experiences in the banking sector; detailing specific business techniques used, sources of guidance and support and challenges overcome.

The luncheon will be held on October 19, 2007 at the Ocean View Hotel Convention Center and will commence at 11.30 am with informal networking over a buffet lunch and refreshments. The keynote address will commence at 12.00 pm, followed by an informal Q&A session. Contact the GCCI secretariat at 225-5846 for tickets.


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