Women's Issues In Guyana

Alcoholism and unfaithfulness key reasons for domestic violence – Region 3 Chairman

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on March 21, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – March 21, 2008

“Alcoholism and unfaithfulness are two key reasons for violence within homes,” so said Region 3 (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara) Chairman Julius Faerber, while declaring open a two-day workshop on domestic violence recently.

Stressing that alcohol dulls the senses, Faerber said that abstinence could pave the way for a much longer life.

On the other hand, more attention must be given to moral values since structured inequity between man and woman within the society and home have resulted in abuse of women.

Noting that domestic violence occurs in every community, Faerber posited that both men and women are traumatised and added that the workshop is timely in view of the recent ‘Stamp It Out’ consultations being held across the regions.

He further noted that even though domestic violence occurs mainly within the privacy of the home and often remains hidden from the public eye, it is a basic right for all individuals to enjoy a violence-free life.

He expressed hope that at the end of the workshop participants would be equipped with the necessary skills to address the problem.

Faerber said that cultural studies suggest that violence rates are lower for those societies which openly discourage the use of violence.

The two-day workshop conducted by Help and Shelter in collaboration with the United Nations Fund For Women (UNIFEM) and the Women’s Affairs Bureau (WAB) is being held at the Best/Klien Pouderoyen Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s office, Phoenix Park, West Bank Demerara.


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