Notwithstanding the COVID-19 and the dark political cloud hanging over Guyana as a result of widespread electoral fraud and politically constructed divisiveness, Guyana is experiencing one of those historic moments where the right decision can propel the country towards even greater prosperity, togetherness and inclusive and representative governance at the national, regional and local levels. Contrarily, the wrong decision could take us backwards toward more politically constructed divisiveness, an even wider gap between the wealthy and poor Guyanese and societal violence of the kind we witnessed in 1964 and from 2000-2010.
It is time for Guyanese women to take the lead in charting a new course for Guyana. Several international publications and analyses have pointed to the fact that women are more productive and make better use of resources and political power when compared with men. Women tend to make judgments in the best interest of all as opposed to squandering resources and opportunities. This is why you usually hear both men and women reverence their mothers for their commitment to their wellbeing and success as children and young adults. Could it be a mother’s love for children, could it be the way many females are socialized to care for others, sometimes putting others before themselves? Regardless of the reasons generally speaking, it is a proven fact that women are visionaries, more resourceful, resilient and better managers than men. The problem is that in many societies, women do not have equal access to the same opportunities as most men do. But once they do, we see that almost all women success and make the most of their opportunities.
Recently, we have seen the global leadership of the Prime Ministers of New Zealand – Mrs. Jacinda Ardern and Germany – Mrs. Angela Merkel on display in several areas but most notably their response to combatting COVID-19. Here in Guyana, Minster Volda Lawrence is leading the charge in our response to the global pandemic with support from many others but in and out of Guyana. We have seen Madame Claudette Singh, Chairwoman of GECOM provide vision, direction and balance since her appointment as Chairwoman. Mrs. Singh, perhaps even more so than Mr. Lawrence, is not only the Chairwoman of GECOM, she holds the future of Guyana in her hands figuratively speaking. Justice Claudette Singh is a legal scholar and former Chief Justice of Guyana who ought to have been Chancellor of the Judiciary. She is also a mother and a woman of impeccable integrity.
Notwithstanding the phenomenal achievements and place in Guyanese history that belongs to our former Chief Justice and present Chairwoman of GECOM, notwithstanding her integrity, she was and continues to be the target of threats and disrespect, albeit by a group of persons aligned to one of the political stakeholders in the March 2, 2020 elections national recount process.
We have a unique and great opportunity to propel Guyana toward becoming a modern, inclusive and prosperous State. I have seen and experienced otherwise and it is not working. The one percent of Guyanese politicians and business interests who conspired to engineer widespread electoral fraud in return for favours by the party they sought to help, does not speak for neither represents the 99% of Guyanese who genuinely want to live well and prosper together.
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