Women's Issues In Guyana


MPs urge single parents to grow food

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on April 30, 2008
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-absentee fathers an age-old phenomenon
Kaieteur News – April 30, 2008

Member of Parliament (MP) Indra Chandarpal has said that Guyanese must examine their attitude to the land as the alarming rise in food cost continues to pose a global threat.

Ms Chandarpal was speaking at the launch of the National Single Parent Register at the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security on Monday.

She pointed out that single parenting is an age-old phenomenon, but years ago mothers used the land to ensure the survival of their children.

“If we carefully examine it, single parenting goes back to years, but those mothers used to plant to ensure their family’s survival,” she said.

She added that single mothers must return to the land and support the “Grow-More” initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture. “It is in their best interest to do something to help themselves,” the MP said.   (more…)

Mothers’ Union to stage celebrity cricket match

Posted in Activism,Sports by wiig on April 30, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 30, 2008

A celebrity cricket tournament involving a former Test player, four former first-class players and an ex-Guyana under-19 batsman will be the feature attraction on May 5 when the Diocese of Guyana Mothers’ Union holds its Family Fun Day at the YMCA ground in Thomas Lands.

The six-over per-side competition will involve six teams, each led by a ‘Celebrity’ player and all proceeds from this Charity match and the Fair is in aid of the Work of the Mothers’ Union (MU) in Guyana.

The Mothers’ Union (MU) is an organization with 3.6 million members worldwide, all dedicated to promoting stable family life, empowering people through community projects, fellowship, policy and prayer.

The action starts at 10:00hrs and former West Indies off-spinner Clyde Butts, Mark Harper, Neil Barry, Roderick Lovell, Shawn Holder and Rayon Griffith (who replaces former Test pacer Reon King who is unavailable due to his GCC commitments to the WIPA 20/20 tournament in Trinidad), will hope to roll back the years with outstanding performances for their respective teams in the soft-ball competition.    (more…)

Ferreira-James bound for Beijing

Posted in Sports by wiig on April 30, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 30, 2008

Guyana’s leading female football referee Diane Ferreira-James is Beijing bound following her appointment by FIFA, football’s world governing body to officiate at the forthcoming Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Ferreira-James was chosen along with several other female referees from CONCACAF, the Confederation of Central and North America and the Caribbean Football Union to the panel of referees to officiate in the Games billed to kick off in August.

The well-decorated local referee was chosen along with Kari Seitz of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shane DeSilva, while the assistant referees named are Lynda Bramble and Cindy Mohammed of the Twin Island Republic, Marlene Duffy and Veronica of the USA and Rita Munoz and Isabel Maria Tovar of Mexico.

Ferreira-James officiated in many international tournaments including the Women’s World Cup finals.

Female ministers talk up single-parent registry

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on April 30, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 30, 2008

The Human Services ministry led a team comprising the female Cabinet ministers to educate the public on the importance of the single-parent registration process in the light of its May 15 deadline.

The registration process is a precursor to the disbursement of the $100M assistance budgeted for this purpose, a Government Information Agency (GINA) press release said. Registration has since been conducted in regions two, three, four, five and six.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security Priya Manickchand said this initiative is one of several being undertaken to assist vulnerable persons. It was noted that with the rising food prices and other increasing pressures single parents are facing, this initiative has been developed to cushion the effects.

Manickchand said that in single parent households children feel the brunt of the effects as many of them do not attend school or have limited access to education.   (more…)

Bajan Breakthrough – 25 years of legal abortions

Posted in Health Issues,Legislation by wiig on April 29, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 29, 2008
(Reprinted from T&T Review – March 3, 2008 )
By Sanka Price

As a politician there are some issues that no matter what decision you make, you are certain to anger a significant segment of the population.

One such issue is the legalisation of abortion.

You’re damned if you support it, and you damn others to suffering if you don’t.

Abortion is an issue that has strong religious, medical, and social arguments for and against it. And each side thinks they are correct.

Those who favour the right of a woman to decide if she should have an abortion are “pro-choice”. They see their goal as the empowerment of women, and the need to stop the death, disability, disfigurement and debilitating conditions scores of women endure from botched, ‘back street’ abortions.

Equally strong views are presented by those who maintain that once there is conception the emphasis must be on preserving the life of the foetus. They argue that although a woman has a right over her own body, she has no medical or legal right over the foetus because it is a separate individual with its own DNA, blood supply, and maybe, even a different blood type. (more…)

Steps to cushion food prices welcome, but women’s groups want VAT reduced

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on April 29, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 29, 2008

Two women’s organisations said yesterday that while they welcomed the efforts by government to cushion the increasing prices of food, they still believe the steps taken so far, fall short of what is needed and are convinced that a reduction in VAT could go a far way.

Red Thread and Grassroots Women Across Race held a press conference to address the effects of the escalation in food prices on the survival of families and on the burden of the work that women carry
On May 1 the groups will hold a peaceful picketing exercise at the corner of Regent and Cummings streets, during which they hope to give a louder collective voice to their cries and demands.

“Our families cannot survive the daily increase in the price of food, prices of electricity and the high price of water,” they said.

They noted that on May Day there would be the traditional marches and speeches, but “will as usual not acknowledge or even consider our unwaged labour as caregivers in our homes and communities and through our religious bodies, whether we are mothers or not.”

The women feel that the speeches would not acknowledge women’s labour although it is “our unwaged caring labour that is holding up our families.”   (more…)

Minister Manickchand urges single parents to get registered

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on April 29, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – April 29, 2008

MINISTER of Human Services and Social Security, Ms. Priya Manickchand yesterday urged all single parents to get registered for the Single Parent Fund over a three-week period.

“The registration process to register all single parents was launched and we are going to attempt to get all single parents registered on a national single parent register,” she explained at a press conference.

Information collected from the registration process will help to plan effectively what interventions would be taken to assist single parent families.

She said this is going to be an ongoing programme since government realises the hardships single parents face.   (more…)

Man tricked woman seeking US visa with promise of marriage

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on April 29, 2008
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– court hears
Stabroek News – April 29, 2008

A man was placed on a total of $195,000 bail yesterday when he appeared on charges of forgery in a US visa scam before Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Carlton Jackman, 57, allegedly took $100,000 from Maureen Persaud telling her that he would provide her with a US visa. The woman said she was supposed to marry Jackman to get to the United States but he tricked her instead.

He was slapped with charges of intent to defraud, uttering a forged document, that is a letter purported to be from the US Embassy Visa Section, and uttering the forged letter to Persaud to get the money from her.

The Lyng Street, Charlestown man pleaded not guilty and was placed on $65,000 bail for each charge. He will return to court on May 19.

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