[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition Coalition says it has planned a massive Women’s Rally for today, Saturday April 18 at the Merriman’s Mall Bourda Georgetown.
The rally is the first of its kind for this elections campaign period and will feature several prominent members of the APNU/AFC coalition.
Speakers will include Sandra Granger, Sita Nagamootoo, Cathy Hughes, Volda Lawrence and several other high profile APNU/AFC female members.
Meanwhile, AFC executive Cathy Hughes at a Friday, April 17 news conference said “there is no doubt that Guyanese women are strong and industrious. We may not yet be able to claim that we have broken through the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’ but the APNU+AFC Coalition is proud of the immense strides that some of our women have made over the past 40 years. Many have acquired higher education and are functioning at high professional levels while maintaining peaceful, loving homes for their children.”
She said through the Women and Youth arms, APNU+AFC intends to institute a comprehensive programme to achieve full empowerment by providing functional facilities for education specialized skills training, and facilitating financial assistance for small business development.
According to Hughes, the Coalition is not satisfied with the quality of programmes and services currently in place for the social and economic development of Guyanese women especially in rural areas.
“They still do not have sufficient knowledge about the laws and their rights regarding domestic violence and gender equality, that is, equal pay for equal work, freedom from discrimination and sexual harassment. Whatever national policy is in existence does not seem to be working. The deaths and permanent maiming of many women at the hands of spouses and even male family members have increased exponentially over the past decade and so has the incidence of maternal deaths,” said Hughes.