Women's Issues In Guyana

Women have to stand up and demand respect

Posted in Gender Equality by wiig on October 13, 2007
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Stabroek News – October 13, 2007

Dear Editor,

It is so sad that Sharmillah Narine thinks it is okay for women to be called names and have horrible things said to them whilst they are walking on the streets.

Growing up in Guyana my friends and I as young girls were not immune to the horrible things men say to women. I am sure if we were caught alone we would have had more than dirty talk done to us.

We were so ashamed to even tell our parents. These types of remarks are degrading and humiliating to young women and girls.

It is sad to know that this type of behaviour still exists today, in fact it seems to me that it is even worse than before. I know Guyanese men can change and be respectful to women because they do change when they migrate to other countries.

I live in Canada now and it is so good to know that my daughter, who is eighteen years old can go anywhere she wants and not be harassed. And I wish that the young women in Guyana would have the same kind of respect.

Women have to stand up and demand respect and decent men have to stand behind their wives and daughters. There also need to be laws put in place to protect women from this type of harassment.

Yours faithfully,

Diane Lee


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