Granger believes women will determine outcome of election
The National Congress of Women (NCW), the women’s arm of the People’s National Congress Reform held its Special Women’s Convention on Saturday last at the party’s headquarters under the theme, “Mobilising and Empowering Women for Governance.”
According to the party, the convention is for the purpose of mobilising Guyanese women for their role and participation in the upcoming National and Regional Elections.
Party Leader Robert Corbin told the convention that women are the salt of the earth and the hope for the future.
He also touched on the crime and security situation in the country; “the pawning of our forest by this PPP/C Administration and not certain how the Norway money will be spent; the fact that it may be used for political and electioneering purposes; villages being neglected and marginalised.”
He drew reference to his recent visit to Shieldstown, West Coast Berbice the day before where residents pointed out the dictatorial way in which the village is being managed.
“The Government, they said, was not concerned with their losses from the recent floods and that they are fed up and want change.”
Presidential Candidate for the party David Granger, in his feature address, said that women must be on equal footing as men.
He said that women make up more that than 50 per cent of the population and are the mothers of the nation’s children. He stressed that women hold the nation’s future in their hands.
“Women should be enabled to play their full and equal role in the development of their families, communities and the nation as a whole…The NCW must find out what women need and want to enable them to perform their full and equal role in society.”
He said that education is the key to women’s full involvement in national development and pledged that a Granger led Administration will provide, “all our girl children equal access to post primary education.” He stressed that the state should provide the social services necessary to enable women to play their full role in society.
“More hostels for students, more nurseries for working mothers, transport where necessary to enable children to attend school, more support for the physically challenged.”
Gainful employment opportunities for women both urban and rural will be the goal of a Granger led Administration, he promised.
“In order to break the cycle of hereditary poverty by providing practical employment for women, the Granger led Administration would ensure the provision of an Agricultural Institute in every Region and that a micro credit agency be established to make available necessary credit to women’s groups as well as individuals in support of their productive efforts.”
Speaking on the issue of the retirement age, Granger challenged the women to petition for the extension of the official retirement age to 65 to enable teachers, nurses and other professionals in the public service to be of greater service to the nation while still physically able to do so.
Granger told the Convention that women will determine the outcome of the elections in 2011 and it is, therefore, up to the NCW to employ a strategy which will unify itself by ensuring that all of its members return to the fold.
He said too that they must build links with other groups and sell, “our message to the women of Guyana while explaining the damage which the PPP/C has done over the years due to the blindness of its leadership.”