Dec 01, 2022 Letters
There are various types of violence that are constantly being committed against women and the five main ones are physical violence, verbal violence (including hate speech), psychological violence, sexual violence, and socio-economic violence. Regrettably, Guyana continuously shines in all the areas without any signs of change, or any proper mechanism being implemented to properly address this embarrassing sore.
Repeatedly I’ve said that there are many organizations in Guyana that are running around collecting grants/loans under the guise of combating this plague, but my opinion is that they are not producing any tangible results that are convincing for them to keep getting loans/grants. If one checks, they miraculously pop up when loans/grants are being offered and disappear after receiving them. Noticeably also is the absence of religious bodies’ roles in assisting in this battle and without any fear, say that they contribute towards this dilemma. Like vultures, these opportunists/hypocrites would miraculously emerge from their concave at a time that benefits them, either to gain fame when the issue is in the limelight or to conveniently be the recipient of some sort of finances that stands to benefit themselves alone.
Editor, I repudiate that there’s any hope of relying on the Government’s intervention for help/solution to eradicate this plague, especially when this Government has numerous officials that are directly responsible for committing various acts of violence against women and not being persecuted in accordance with the law. It’s no secret that the former President (now Vice President) Jagdeo does not have a clean slate, the media was very busy at one time publishing the cries of former First Lady Varshnie, his ex-wife. Then Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran was on camera threatening violence against a woman, and only recently a recording of Charrandass surfaced of him abusing a national in her own country, which is more developed than Guyana, whilst he is there representing Guyana. To date, no action has been taken to convince society that Government is serious in the fight against Violence Against Women. Charrandass is recalled from his post, but no doubt he will be given a rewarding post somewhere else in time to come. That’s just a few I could recall offhand at the time of writing, and there are many more that people could talk about regarding Government Officials who attract public attention or are hidden, but are known by a few. I made mention of this to point out that its time society stopped looking for Government intervention when they are also guilty of such acts. There are many techniques that could be implemented to assist, but our culture is to announce and forget about consistency. There are many areas that need revisiting and implementing rules, providing training, making independent, giving adequate powers to execute their duties if we are serious. When training, many jump to the opportunity to get their name on a certificate and after accomplishing that, the passion dies.
Finally Editor, interacting with many, there are lots of people (men and) battling some sort of depression, and whilst some are not fearful of announcing that, some are hiding it. It’s no secret that most suffering depression stem from financial issues, or from some sort of domestic situation and I would reiterate that workshops and funding should be established in each community/village to train people to notice signs and depression and how to address it. The Organisations available are an embarrassment if looking to them for help. The Guyana Police Force’s actions toward domestic violence is also embarrassing and there should be a separate body established to deal with it. The Law is conveniently suited in such a way that the rich, powerful, and connected escape justice, and the hapless pay the price. There are many areas that need improvement, but the pace Guyana moving at, is a national embarrassment.
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