Women's Issues In Guyana

Jessica Stephenson cops second Carifta medal

Posted in Sports by wiig on March 31, 2008
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Kaieteur News – March 31, 2008

Jessica Stephenson captured a second medal at the Carifta Games Swimming championships being contested in Aruba.

The Trinidad and Tobago-based Guyanese secured a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke event yesterday.

She had earlier claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke. Full details in tomorrow’s edition.


Mother may soon be reunited with abducted baby

Posted in Crimes against Women,Law Enforcement by wiig on March 31, 2008
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Kaieteur News – March 31, 2008

Alexis Bhagwandin may soon be reunited with her one-year-old son, Alex Cleveland McKenzie, who was abducted by his father about two weeks ago.

This is through the input of officers from the Bartica Police Station.

According to the grandmother of the missing child, Janice Glen, the family is now in possession of crucial information which could lead directly to the location of the child’s father and hopefully the child, who according to reports has become ill.

The woman said that last Saturday night she received a call from an aunt of the child’s father, who lives in Bartica, informing her that someone had spotted him and the child in an area called Tiger Creek.

According to Glen, a resident of the area had informed the aunt that her nephew had in his possession a young child who appears to be very ill and has since become plagued with sores.   (more…)

Friendship house ravaged by fire – owner in custody

Posted in Health Issues by wiig on March 31, 2008
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Kaieteur News – March 31, 2008

A woman of unsound mind is in police custody after being fingered as the arsonist who set ablaze her Friendship, East Bank Demerara home yesterday afternoon.

The woman, 52-year-old Pulmattie Rampersaud, was taken to the Grove Police Station along with her husband, who was identified as Sham Rampersaud.

At the station, both persons were accusing each other of setting the blaze that completely gutted the two-storey structure.

At the scene of the fire yesterday, neighbours were all of the opinion that the woman had set the blaze since she had consistently been threatening to set the house afire.

One of the neighbours said that the woman was recently discharged from the psychiatric ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. This was confirmed by relatives on the scene who declined to be named.  (more…)

Relatives concerned about safety of executed man’s daughter

Posted in Crimes against Women,Law Enforcement by wiig on March 31, 2008
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-victim had been told to go to Laing Avenue
Stabroek News – March 31, 2008

As fear continues to grip 18-year-old Anika Barton who narrowly escaped death just over a week ago when her father was gunned down on Laing Avenue, her relatives say that three recent developments clearly show that her life is in danger.

The teen is now out of hospital after taking her own discharge and her relatives have vowed to protect her at all costs while voicing their concerns over the police’s apparent non-interest in the matter.

To them this case seems as if it would go down in Guyana’s crime pages as unsolved and they issued pleas to the law enforcement authorities to act swiftly on the information they have so that those responsible could be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. (more…)

Visiting RAM medical team off to Rupununi outreach

Posted in Health Issues by wiig on March 31, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – March 31, 2008
By Nathalene DeFreitas

THE team of medical doctors from the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Volunteer Corps last Saturday departed Georgetown to the Rupununi to commence their medical outreach programme on cervical cancer in the area.

In an interview with the Director of RAM Dr Rebecca Kightlinger, she noted the desperate need that developing countries have for the provision of women’s health services, such as screenings for cervical cancer and breast cancer.

Dr Kightlinger explained that RAM is actively involved in providing screenings and treatments, also mammograms, and sometimes Pap smears. She added that through the Guyana project currently hundreds of village women are being treated and since the project was launched in Guyana over 2,000 Amerindian women were screened and treated.

Research has shown that Guyana has the third highest rate of death from cervical cancer in the Western Hemisphere. Cervical cancer is preventable through screening. (more…)

Some more equal . . .

The Nation Newspaper (Barbados) – March 30, 2008

ARE WOMEN REALLY EQUAL in the Caribbean? The answer: the laws often mandate one thing but in actual practice the story can be quite different.

It’s a provocative question at a time when women in Barbados are top corporate executives and Mia Mottley is the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

In the United States human rights report on the status of women it said that in Barbados, women had made significant gains. In fact, the report to the United States Congress stated: “Women actively participated in all aspects of national life and were well represented at all levels of the public and private sectors.”

It’s also a fact that “women have equal property rights, including in a divorce settlement”, and there are constitutional guarantees of equality.

But there are problems. Barbados has pointed to the feminisation of poverty and the abuse of women as major social problems. Prostitution fuelled by poverty and tourism is also a fact of life. (more…)

Promoters use pageantry to exploit contestants

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on March 30, 2008
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Kaieteur News – March 30, 2008
By Alex Wayne

There was a time when pageantry was viewed as a venture of high esteem. However, over the years, people have taken things for granted, and pageants of every imaginable nature have sprung up, with promoters being more concerned with financial gain than rewarding the contestants.

While participants of numerous pageants, after several months, still hope to receive promised prizes and gifts, others have given up in despair and the hosts have heave sighs of relief when they no longer have to worry about paying monies owed, finding promised trophies, or bringing to reality the lavish hampers bragged about.

Investigations by this newspaper have revealed that there has been an alarming increase in the number of pageants springing up around Guyana. Young girls are violated in that they are made to expose their bodies to entertain large raucous crowds, and they are left to wait long periods for prizes, and are ignored altogether. (more…)

Organic peanut butter project: Women’s group, Le Meridien form potentially viable partnership

Posted in Business by wiig on March 30, 2008
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Kaieteur News – March 30, 2008

The Blue Flame Women’s Group of North West District has started manufacturing peanut butter as a means of sustaining their income and Le Meridien Pegasus will be featuring this product.

Beginning last week, in an effort to promote the local food industry, the hotel started offering its guests the organic peanut butter as part of its breakfast buffet.

As such, Le Meridien Pegasus will partner with North West Organics to promote the product.

Speaking with Kaieteur News, Chairman of the Blue Flame Women’s group, Christina James, said that the group of women became interested in the peanut butter project after a noticing that the cocoa seeds were being wasted in the North West Area as a result of spoiling. She said that originally the women were involved in a sewing group but diverted their attention. (more…)

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