British lends more support to ‘Stamp it Out’ with IT system
Stabroek News – May 4, 2008
British High Commissioner Fraser Wheeler said his country remains supportive of the Guyana government in its bid to “implement a comprehensive policy framework to tackle crime and security in Guyana once and for all.”
He underscored this support at the handing over of an online communication system to the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security. The communication system is designed to help build capacity in the ‘Stamp it Out’ campaign to stop violence against women.
This system falls under a three-phase programme, a press release from the British High Commission stated. The first was the installation of online communication within the ministry’s main office; and the second being installed currently caters for the inclusion of subsidiary offices around Georgetown. The third phase will be to provide online links to the ministry’s offices in the other administrative regions.
When completed the system will enable the minister to communicate by email and use the internet to have voice and video conferences and to send documents electronically.
The British High Commission had lent support to the ‘Stamp it out’ campaign by providing the services of retired British Judge John Sessions who had contributed to the ministry’s efforts to reform legislation on domestic violence and violence against women. As a result of Judge Session’s visit, two Guyanese judges will be attending Serious Sexual Offences training in London in July.
Minister Priya Manickchand at the handing-over expressed her gratitude for the system. She said that prior to the installation of the system a lot of time was taken to go to other offices. She noted the contribution of the British judge and described the system as “incredible and useful.” The minister described the British High Commission as proactive in its approach to offer help, the release added.