[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyanese women who have contributed to the advancement and wellbeing of other women were honoured and awarded for their services by the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security at the Guyana International Conference Centre, Liliendaal on Saturday (May 10).
Receiving awards were Mrs. Patricia Benn, mother of Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn, Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira, Member of Parliament Indranie Chandarpal, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Lorene Baird, former Manager, Document Centre, Ministry of Human Services and Social Security Yvonne Stephenson, Director of Child Care, Ann Greene, Administrator of the Women’s Affairs Bureau, Hymawattie Lagan and Assistant Chief Labour/Occupational Safety and Health Officer of the Ministry of Labour, Lydia Green who would have served the Labour Ministry for many years.
There was also the launching of a magazine entitled “International Women’s Day”, which provides details of the struggles of Guyanese women from 1955 to present, and also the vision of the ministry towards bettering the lives of Guyana’s children, women, elderly, homeless, as well as eliminating violence.
Present at the event were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Mrs. Yvonne Hinds and other distinguished women who have, and are still playing a role in Guyana’s development.
Today, women hold thirty- three percent of the positions in the Cabinet. Women have access to greater services as a result of programmes and policies implemented by Government.
“Our women have secure economic independence, many of them have been able to access secure livelihood programmes…so today, as we embrace this opportunity to pay tribute to those women, we must recognise their roles, struggles and commitment to Guyana,” Minister of Social Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster noted.