Women's Issues In Guyana

AFC calls for greater respect for women

Posted in Gender Equality by wiig on March 9, 2008
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AFC Column, Kaietuer News – March 9, 2008

With more women in the workforce, greater equality in legislative rights and women accepted as role models in every aspect of life, it is not impossible that many think women have gained true equality.

While there have been improvements, the unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts, women are not represented in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally and here in Guyana women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

The recent spate of domestic abuse and killings in Guyana have served to drive home the point that our women are being made more vulnerable by violence which directly and indirectly targets them, and is more acute now with the recent massacres affecting infants and the children, husbands and brothers of our women.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2008 is “Strong Women Strong World”. On this special occasion The Alliance for Change salutes the women of Guyana for their strength, fortitude and perseverance this year. It is women that have led the charge on many of the issues that most heavily impact ordinary Guyanese citizens, and it is women who will have to be at the forefront of the transformation of Guyana into a healthy, united, and prosperous Republic.

Red Thread’s unwavering dedication with respect to the campaign on the VAT issue was largely responsible for the removal or zero rating of many basic goods and services. Help and Shelter has continued to speak out and provide services to women and children affected by violence even as violence spirals out of control in Guyana.

Ordinary Guyanese women work hard every day to ensure that their families are fed, clothed educated and nurtured. Women indeed are the backbone of our nation and we salute them.

THE AFC celebrates the contributions of one of our two female MPs and of Guyanese women on International Women’s Day.


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