[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Canadian High Commission has joined the list of organisations in condemning the verbal assault against women’s rights activist, Sherlina Nageer by Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran.
A press statement from the High Commission said it “noted with great disappointment the comments made” by Dr Ramsaran.
“The remarks uttered are disturbing and the High Commission of Canada condemns any form of abuse, including verbal and threatened, towards women. Threats of violence against women are never acceptable,” the statement noted.
According to the statement, the struggle to fully attain women’s rights, in Guyana and around the world, is an ongoing battle that must be won.
“Such incidents weaken the progress that has been made.” According to the High Commission, all partners should be unwaveringly committed to advancing the rights of women.
“Political leaders have a special responsibility because they have the largest platforms, influence and decision-making ability. The High Commission of Canada hopes that leaders recognise the critical role they play in governance, including providing leadership and empowering the citizens of Guyana, including women.”
The Health Minister launched a scathing verbal onslaught on Nageer on Monday, April 20 outside the Whim Magistrate’s Court where he called the woman “a little piece of [email protected]” and also told her that he would slap her “just for fun.”
After Ramsaran would have been widely condemned for his reproachable statements, he issued an apology, but mere hours after was back at it again, this time labelling Nageer as a “miscreant” and someone who is in need of “psychiatric” help.
Both the US and British Envoys have condemned the Minister’s utterances saying that had that happened in either of their government, the person would have been expected to tender his/her resignation.