Women's Issues In Guyana


Mothers’ Union AGM tomorrow

Posted in Culture & Society,Religion by wiig on January 27, 2008
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Kaieteur News – January 27, 2008

Under the theme, ‘Time for Relationships’, the Mothers’ Union in Guyana will be hosting its Annual General Meeting, tomorrow and Tuesday, at Hotel Tower. This year marks 82 years of the organization’s existence here.

At the end of the two-day session, there will be a launching of a ‘Medical Assistance Fund.’ This fund is set up to help persons who are in need of medical assistance but cannot afford the cost.

At the event also, there will be the presentation of the president’s report, reports from regional officers along with financial reports.
Former Head Mistress of the Bishops’ High School, Rev. Maureen Massiah will be the guest speaker at the event.

Development of branches and plans for the year ahead will also be discussed.

A Thanksgiving Service will follow the meeting at the St. George’s Cathedral where the Bishop of Guyana and Patron of the Mothers’ Union, the Right Reverend, Randolph George, will be the chief Celebrant and Preacher.

Over 200 delegates from the coast and hinterland areas are expected to join Diocesan President, Mrs. Sheran Harper and Executive members of the Mothers’ Union in what is anticipated to be a highly interactive exercise.

The Mothers’ Union is an organization with a membership of 3.6 million Christian women in 77 countries worldwide.

Filled with the awe at the enormous responsibility, which motherhood brings, Mary Summer established the first Mothers’ Union branch in England in 1876.

Since then the work of the organization has evolved from just advancing Christian service in the sphere of marriage and family life into a lobby and advocacy mechanism that effects societal changes world wide.

It is now a global voice that influences leaders to implement policies and programmes that result in the alleviation of poverty and the improvement in family welfare.

The Christian service of the Mothers’ Union started in Guyana in 1926 and today boasts a membership of over 2,000 Christian women in 86 branches along the coast and in the interior areas of the country.

Operating as a social entrepreneur, the Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Guyana combines creativity, business discipline and determination to address social issues. It conducts several Outreach Projects which include HIV/AIDS awareness and counseling skills workshops; women and youth empowerment programmes in craft, cookery, fabric decoration, computer technology and other life skills. The latter project is geared towards honing the skills of the participants and enhancing their capacity to operate sustainable enterprises.

Additionally, the organization operates two Daycare Centers – one at Robb Street, Bourda and the other at Lance Gibbs and Oronoque Streets, Queenstown – which cater mainly for children of low income and single-parent households.

Several branches of the organization are also involved in the conduct of a number of initiatives.

These include: School Feeding, Literacy Development and Parenting Programmes. The parenting programme contributes to stability in family life and fosters good relationships at the community and national levels.

It is imperative to note that although the Mothers’ Union is an organization in the Anglican Diocese, the outreach programmes cater for the needs of all community members, regardless of their religious persuasion.

The programmes also encourage the involvement of unmarried mothers.

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