Women's Issues In Guyana


Repeat pregnancy in HIV+ women worrying – UG students

Posted in Activism,Education,Health Issues by wiig on May 2, 2008
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Kaieteur News – May 2, 2008

A group of University of Guyana students has expressed concern over the trend of HIV-infected women having repeat pregnancies.

Under the guidance of Lecturer Monica Miller, six social workers, all of them students, conducted a seminar at the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen Campus to address the issue.

The interactive session was held in the Cheddi Bharrat Jagan (CBJ) Lecture Hall and attracted an audience of mainly women of child-bearing age.

The students, Marlon Agrippa, Shaundell Shipley, Romel Richmond, Melissa Phillips, Charmine Walters and Natasha Dundas, made several recommendations to tackle the problem.

Shaundell Shipley, who works in the healthcare sector, pointed out that with support from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), women with HIV feel encouraged to lead normal lives. Shipley said she met with several mothers at a treatment site and discovered that they do not give thought to repeat pregnancies.   (more…)

TUC pillories gov’t on college funds

Posted in Activism,Business,Education by wiig on May 2, 2008
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Stabroek News – May 2, 2008
By Johann Earle

With the labour movement still deeply divided, speakers at this year’s GTUC May Day rally pilloried the government over the cost of living and the cutting of the state subvention to the Critchlow Labour College (CLC) among other areas and PM Sam Hinds was given a rough reception.

Following yesterday’s morning’s traditional march, Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) affiliates rallied at the CLC on Woolford Avenue while affiliates of the rival FITUG gathered at the National Park. The GTUC rally was marred by the rude treatment of Prime Minister Hinds shortly after he arrived at CLC. Hinds had been invited to the event by the leadership of the GTUC.

Speaking at the rally held in the CLC compound, Coretta McDonald of the GTUC said the members were angry at the state of the country and on the approach to these problems by the leadership of the Guyana Trades Union Congress.

She noted that the labour movement preceded the political movement of the country and that it was labour that first challenged the merchant class and the colonial masters.   (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…)

Police Wives’ Association gets new office

Posted in Activism,Law Enforcement by wiig on April 24, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 24, 2008

After more than 50 years of existence, the Police Wives’ Association has its own office. The office, which is located in the Police Officers’ Mess compound, was officially declared open by Deputy Commissioner Edward Wills and will serve to improve the work of the organization.

As the name suggests, the Police Wives’ Association is made up of the spouses of police officers and is usually headed by the wife of the serving Commissioner of Police.

It operates the Juliet Griffith Day Care Centre at Eve Leary and conducts many social activities aimed at empowering women both within and outside of the Guyana Police Force.

The Police Wives’ Association was formed in 1953 and was the brainchild of Mrs. Juliet Griffith, the wife of a former Senior Superintendent of Police.   (more…)

Protesters attempt to disrupt Carifesta launch

Posted in Activism,Culture & Society by wiig on April 24, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 24, 2008

As the protests against the issue of the Channel 6 suspension from the airwaves continued, protesters attempted to disrupt last evening’s launch of the tenth Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta) even while President Bharrat Jagdeo expressed hope that the regional festival would bring unity.

Just before the official start of the proceeding, a small group of mainly women raised their voices shouting “No Carifesta” and “We want Sharma” among other slogans. Ringing a bell and blowing whistles the women shouted their slogans for a few minutes before the police attempted to restore order. Some persons in the crowd also attempted to calm them down.

During this time, a Stabroek News reporter was accused by some of the protesters of being from the state-owned NCN TV and Channel 65 and they apparently believed this was so and when the reporter took out a few photographs they shouted that they did not want NCN or Channel 65 there because “they does tell lies”.   (more…)

Cane Grove women in empowerment programme

Posted in Activism,Gender Equality by wiig on April 14, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – April 14, 2008

SOME of the women of the Cane Grove community have formed a group aimed at advocating their empowerment.

To this end, they met in a workshop last Thursday at the Irene Madray Recreational, Arts and Resources Centre in Cane Grove, Mahaica.

The women’s group, comprising mainly housewives and single parents, discussed various issues relating to women empowerment and equality.

Founder of the centre, Dianne Madray, who facilitated the workshop, explained that after listening to the mothers of some of the children who use the centre, she recognised the need for such a group in the community.

Madray explained that one of main aims of the group is to bring together women to share ideas, experiences and concerns, and to help them empower each other.   (more…)

UK-based Guyanese nurse offers help to local counterparts

Posted in Activism,Health Issues by wiig on April 5, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – April 5, 2008
By Priya Nauth

A UK-based Guyanese nurse has offered her expertise to help strengthen the local nursing system, and in this regard she held exploratory talks with Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran yesterday.Ms. Lynette Philips who is a recent recipient the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) in honour of her services to health care is a registered nurse and midwife and holds a Diploma in Health Care and Management Services in addition to a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

She grew up in Georgetown before migrating to the United Kingdom (U.K) in 1968 at the age of 16. “Nursing was never an expectation of mine…I always wanted to be a teacher because most of my family were in that profession… but I enjoyed every moment of it,” she recalled.

“I always come back to Guyana since I have family living here and I want to give back to Guyana what I took out,” she said.   (more…)

The boycott of the St Vincent Conference by Dr Peggy Antrobus and Andaiye was a significant example of affirmative action

Posted in Activism by wiig on March 26, 2008
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Stabroek News – March 26, 2008

Dear Editor,

Now, please do not quote me as saying that affirmative action is the solution to our problems, and then call me a Black Nationalist after that. Many have got away with this term “Black Nationalist”, which is really part of the contempt, or self- contempt, to be dealt with at a convenient time.

This is a short letter about affirmative action. Hence my introduction.

Two Caribbean women Dr Peggy Antrobus and Andaiye , well known in the Caribbean and beyond as woman activists and thinkers, took affirmative action recently. They boycotted a conference in St Vincent, a Caricom country where a police woman accused the leader of the government of rape. She was said to be a member of his special guard. It seems that the woman reported the matter to the proper police authorities. The leader, a Prime Minister, denied the accusation. The police decided to take no further action. It is an accusation of rape, not abusive language, that we are talking about. Few women report when they are raped. This one was willing to suffer the consequences and went to the police. No doubt she gave a statement. (more…)

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