Women's Issues In Guyana


NCW says women must take closer look ‘in’ themselves

Posted in Activism,Education,Gender Equality by wiig on March 8, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – March 8, 2008

THE National Congress of Women (NCW), the women’s arm of the People’s National Congress Reform, says women must take a closer look into themselves, “rather than at ourselves.”

“As mothers, sisters, daughters, women, we must look closely at our roles in families and in society,” the organisation said in a press statement to mark International Women’s Day.

“We must examine the contention that single mothers are to blame for dysfunctional societies while reminding ourselves that many single mothers have produced children who are worthy citizens,” NCW stated.

In saluting women, the NCW endorsed the United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2008 – “Shaping Progress – through Investing in Women and Girls”.

It said the theme aims to inspire women and girls across the globe to look beyond their appearance – to look into themselves rather than at themselves.

It aims to make women aware of the fact that actions speak louder than appearance. By embracing this theme, women all over the world could truly celebrate IWD 2008 by reflecting on their collective and individual achievements while making plans for a better failure.

The organization adopted “Women Arise” as sub-theme for the international observance.

“Women Arise must give us the impetus to overcome difficulties which now abound in our society, through more introspection and emulation of the virtues of courage and determination in our quest for change and a better life,” the NCW stated.

The women’s organization noted that International Women’s Day 2008 comes at a time when Guyana is reflecting on the recent tragedies of Lusignan and Bartica.

“The National Congress of Women prays that the Almighty will strengthen everyone to cope with what has happened in this dear land of ours,” the organization stated.

“Even as we ask for God’s guidance we must condemn those heinous acts and hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“We support the Joint Services in their quest to find those involved, but we must remind them that as they go about their search for the perpetrators, they should remember that the Human Rights of all citizens must be upheld,” the NCW stated

“For the women of the world, the Day’s symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.”

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