September 30, 2016

Special Victims Unit commissioned

Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux; Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and other officals at the commissioning of the Unit

Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux; Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and other officals at the commissioning of the Unit

– Canada plugs C$20,000 into entity

The Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux on Monday reiterated support for Guyana’s fight against sexual and domestic violence. These sentiments were echoed during a simple commissioning ceremony of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit at the Social Cohesion Ministry, Stabroek, Georgetown.

The reestablishment of the unit was made possible by donation of the Government of Canada.

High Commissioner Giroux said Canada has always been supportive of these causes locally and this time around is making a tangible contribution by providing a dedicated space for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

“As you all know, gender issues and violence against women have been a theme in which Canada has been supporting Guyana over the years. This year we found it interesting and useful to create a Unit here at the Ministry to create a unit which is the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit to help women who are victims of violence to have an appropriate place to express their problems and hopefully get resolutions to their issues,” he stated.

In expressing her appreciation for the donation, which has equipment and furniture valued C$20,000, Social Cohesion Minister Volda Lawrence related that the donation has enabled the ministry to fast-track the much-needed initiative.

She further noted that a Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit will not only aid policy makers in their efforts to combat the scourges, but also help to spread awareness about prevention and care to the wider population, including those living in the hinterland.

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