The Alliance for Change’s (AFC) female arm has joined local and international calls for the resignation of Attorney General Anil Nandlall.
This time, the group is focusing on Nandlall’s “offensive and disrespectful language” while referring to an unidentified female reporter in his expletive-laced rant that has since gone viral.
“In very offensive and disrespectful language, Nandlall expressed intent to drag this young lady into an illicit sexual relationship and we view this as inappropriate sexual advancement and harassment meted out to this young lady,” Women for Change stated.
The political group pointed out that Chapter 99:09 of the Laws of Guyana defines sexual harassment as unwanted sexual conduct and protects women from a hostile working environment where they are pounced upon.
‘In his capacity as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Nandlall should be more concerned about the protection of our rights rather than our violation. We cannot be required to work alongside our men folk to build Guyana and at the same time be destroyed by them. We refuse to be an oppressed group living in intimate association with our oppressors. We refuse to work alongside men who are bent on making our task more difficult and our lives more miserable just because we do not submit to their advances. We are boldly saying to Nandlall and those of his kind that we are not living in a country where the male citizen has more rights that the female citizen,” the WFC emphasized.
“As women, we are mothers, grandmothers, wives and daughters, sisters and nieces of our men folk across Guyana. We serve our reproductive role in child bearing and child rearing so that our nation can continue to exist. We serve our productive role alongside men in the fields, offices, factories and even in the disciplined services. We are key players in many communities, religious and recreational activities. Therefore we deserve nothing less than the love, respect, assistance and gratitude of our men folk.”
WFC expressed disappointment that Nandlall has been receiving support from the powers that be, “despite damning evidence which has since been made public.”
“Nelson Mandela said ‘Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression’. Thomas Jefferson concurs by saying that ‘…to violate would be oppression’”. “There can never be any genuine freedom in Guyana once our female citizenry are being stalked by Nandlall and his kind of men,” WFC opined.
The WFC calls on Guyanese to publicly demand the AG’s resignation and for the conscience of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) and their supporters, particularly the women.
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