By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime Ministerial Candidate for the People’s Progressive/Civic Elisabeth Harper used the Party’s platform at its Kitty rally to reaffirm her stance against domestic violence, a struggle she knows all too well as a youth she told the crowd.
Harper told the massive crowd at Alexander Street that the ruling Party has intention of establishing a special unit that would seek to address and investigate reports of domestic and other forms of abuse.
“The PPP/C will establish a Special Crimes Unit that would address issues related not only to domestic violence but also child/sexual abuse and rape and work to ensure that our security and judicial systems give justice to victims,” she declared.
Additionally, Harper in her speech at the Kitty rally on Sunday March 29 touted the revision of all laws that concern Guyana’s female population with the view of strengthening those laws to better protect and foster the development of women.
“Ensuring that women and girls share equally in the benefits of development is vital. In order for this to happen, they have to be empowered to do so and their rights fully respected. We will review all of the laws that concern women to strengthen legislation and policies where necessary, that promote women’s rights and gender equality,” said Harper.
The Prime Ministerial Candidate for the ruling administration also explained that the Party has plans to conduct a national consultation on a possible gender policy for women.
She said “we must also as a society, across the political divide, have a zero tolerance for domestic violence. It destroys a woman’s self- confidence. It destroys the family. It destroys everything about who we are as a society.”
According to Harper, young women who are forced to leave school because of an early pregnancy deserve another chance at life and that opportunity would be afforded to them should the PPP/C be re-elected to office come May 11.
“We also recognize the challenges being faced by single parents. We will establish a programme of support to allow them to receive further education and training, provide day care services for those who work and seek to ensure that financial support for children, where made mandatory by the Court, is paid over,” she contended.
Appealing to Guyana’s senior citizenry Harper posited that the PPP/C administration is committed to ensuring that “our aging population and persons who are differently abled are treated with dignity, ensuring that their full rights are respected. We will therefore through national consultations, develop and enact laws for the protection of the elderly and establish and upgrade retirement homes for senior citizens in the regions ensuring that caregivers are appropriately trained.”
“Once elected, you have my personal commitment that I will continue to build on the foundation laid by the PPP/C and President Ramotar to deal with these issues that are so close and personal to me. I will ensure that we maintain and enhance the process of consultation which has begun on these and several other issues with the sole aim of improving the lives of all our people,” Harper added.