Women are the custodians of our fundamental values
I have had cause to engage the late Janet Jagan with regard to some of her debatable actions. However, there is one thing she as President would never had ignored – sexual abuse of children. She loved the Guyanese children.
Unfortunately, Guyana is in a state of widespread and constant sexual abuse of our womenfolk and children at the hand of powerful male predators and pedophiles. Regrettably, as General Secretary of the ruling party, Donald Ramotar has a track record of doing very little about this plague that contaminates Guyana, notwithstanding the fact that he is in one of the most powerful positions in the land. Some of these male predators and pedophiles were promoted to positions of power with full access to all the corridors of power.
Donald as a political leader has demonstrated gross indifference and ignorance on this issue of sexual abuse of the females in Guyana, especially the children. He had an opportunity as the General Secretary to prevent the total annihilation of one of the strongest women rights fighters in Guyana – Mrs. Indra Chandarpal, and yet he selected the path of doing nothing when she was banished from officialdom, orchestrating a great loss to the women’s rights movement.
Where is Indra today? I am told, not even on the PPP list of candidates. None on the PPP list of candidates can equal the skill set of this champion of the women’s rights movement.
The PPP is now naked on the women’s front. Without a fighter like Mrs. Chandarpal in their team, they are under-skilled and under-equipped and cannot win the AFC on women’s issues.
Let me make it clear in accordance with the public pronouncements of our Prime Ministerial Candidate Mr. Raphael Trotman, as he so clearly spelt it out, “we’re willing to sit down and have talks” and we shall “extended our arms to disenchanted senior members of the opposition coalition and the incumbent PPP”. I leave it at that.
Engaging powerful women’s rights leaders like Indra to join any Government of Guyana is always a plus for Guyana. The AFC plans to do at minimum for women, the following:
1. Draft public policies that will enhance the ability of women to drive the eradication of poverty in the families;
2. Draft more public policies that will foster the rebuilding of the family structure with state support in the field of social mentoring and greater financial support to single mothers to help them keep their children in school;
3. Re-introduce Child Allowance into the Income Tax codes to assist families with children in full-time school;
4. Integrate women more into the struggle for democracy at all levels by using their skills to advocate for their communities and their families, especially in subject areas like sexual abuse, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, unsafe sexual practices etc;
5. Set up the system to support the annual State Grants of $20 million, that will be offered to10 different NGOs in the 10 administrative regions ($2 million each) to combat social challenges like alcoholism, orphaned children, sexual abuse, suicide, youth delinquency and creation of jobs for women at home;
6. Set up an Amerindian Development Fund, Women Development Fund and Youth Development Fund to empower these stakeholders to more activately advocate for their vested interest in the National Agenda;
7. Ensure that women are adequately represented on all policy-making bodies of the AFC Government.
The AFC’s Action Plan that outline the hundreds of other menu of measures that will all positively influence the women’s development agenda can be accessed online.
The AFC recognises that women are the custodians of our fundamental values and are the hub of a family. The AFC recognises that women are critical for success in generating social wealth and creating an environment of peace, justice, security and stability. Thus in that regard, we will use all the best of Guyana’s sons and daughters regardless of political affiliation, gender or religion, to build and mould our nation. So dance on Donald, dance on!