Women's Issues In Guyana


‘Stamp it out’ consultations to hit television in January

Posted in Crimes against Women,Legislation by wiig on December 23, 2007
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Kaieteur News – December 23, 2007

In January, the Human Services Ministry will be taking its ‘stamp it out’ consultations to the television.

Minister of Human Services, Priya Manickchand, said that the aim is to extend the programme to a wider group of people before the Paper is laid before the National Assembly.

The Ministry hopes to present the paper in the first quarter of 2008.

“The Government will continue to initiate talks on the prevalent issues in society, and we see this as a national conversation where the intervention of everyone is needed,” Manickchand said.

She added that a massive education campaign will be launched after the new Sexual Violence Bill would have been passed in Parliament.

Minister Manickchand said that protecting victims and ‘stamping out’ violence in the society will be a continuing effort by the Human Services Ministry.

“We have gone far ahead than most countries in the Caribbean in dealing with sexual violence, and it does not stop here, the Government is committed to “stamp out” violence in the society,” the Minister asserted.

Manickchand also indicated her satisfaction with the progress of the consultations on sexual violence, and said that in excess of 50 sessions have been held in the 10 administrative regions.

The Ministry began meeting residents on its consultation paper, “Stamp it out,’ on November 2 to reform the law on sexual offences. It contains proposals that deal with toughening up laws against sexual offences and improving protection against sexual violence.

The Ministry is proud of its achievements, especially with the residents’ responses on eliminating sexual violence, Minister Manickchand said.

She noted that the consultation will last until December 31, and is urging persons to still make contributions by telephone, letter and email.

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