APNU Member of Parliament and Shadow Health Minister, Dr George Norton
– Chandarpal slams poor recordkeeping, communication
By Vahnu Manikchand
Social Sector Committee Chairperson Indra Chandarpal has stated that there is a need for the effective management of all systems at the Health Ministry’s multimillion-dollar drug bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara to ensure the timely delivery of supplies to the various medical institutions.
Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, Chandarpal explained that as part of a programme implemented by the Committee, she, along with other members, visited several hospitals during which it was related to them that the respective pharmacies do not have key medical supplies needed by patients.
Social Sector Committee Chairperson Indra Chandarpal
This caused the Committee to visit the Material Management Unit with the intention of highlighting the bottlenecks within the system.
According to the Chairperson, they were briefed on all the systems in use; however, they believe no consorted effort was made to improve the delivery of medical supplies. She added that good recordkeeping is one of the many issues affecting the smooth flow of the distribution process at the bond. The Health Ministry has brought in an expert to oversee the technical management of the bond. This will cover the storage process, retrieval of supplies, distribution, and procurement.
Chandarpal added that she found a lack of communication between the parties involved. She noted that systems should be in place so that persons requesting supplies do so within the requisite timeline, and those distributing also play a part in ensuring the timely delivery of these supplies. She continued that a breakdown of the communication process not only causes delays, but also wastes valuable resources and time.
As it relates to the quality of supplies, given the large quantity of expired drugs that the Ministry dumps regularly, Chandarpal said the Ministry was not solely culpable, since many people donate supplies to the health sector and some of these have a very short shelf life.
She explained that while the government may be committed to providing the best services for the public, administrators are responsible for the effective management of these services.
Now that the issue has been highlighted in the media, there will be headway made in improving the system.
The Committee has concluded that the bond’s systems must be changed and has given the management team some time to effect the changes before another visit is made. Visits are also expected at other hospitals around the country before the Committee can make any recommendations.
“We will definitely return in a few months… we have given them a timeline and will go back to ensure that just did not waste our time… they promised to do better and have to do better, we are not taking no for an answer,” she pointed out.
A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament and Shadow Health Minister, Dr George Norton, stated that proper storage and distribution of medical supplies is an ongoing problem in all of the health institutions and lack of communication is one of many problems.
The doctor pointed out that availability of medications is another factor, citing the Georgetown Public Hospital where necessary and regularly used drugs are usually out of stock.
“At this point in time, we don’t know exactly what systems are in place to guarantee proper supply of medications… when you write a prescription you’ve got to ask whether or not we have it, because what you find is that basic drugs, important drugs that are always in need, is in short supply,” he stated. Dr Norton also said another issue is the short shelf life of drugs when placed in the pharmacies.
Also weighing on the issue is former Region Four Health Officer, Dr Karen Cummings, who is now an APNU Member of Parliament. She said there are systems in place for the timely dispensation of drugs, but there are hiccups which result in shortages and even unavailability of the drugs.
Dr Cummings explained that health centres and hospitals usually have a stock log sheet and a consumption report which they have to and should update.
She stated that by doing this the medical entities can each know their consumption level and the type of medications they used, which will help in addressing the problem of shortages.
Dr Cummings, who is in charge of several health centres, went on to say that this problem can be curbed if the institutions prepare a quarterly or half-year consumption report which will reflect the types and amount of drugs used and match them with the diseases being treated regularly. This way, the institutions can order drugs used in abundance and regularly.
She pointed out that this can only work if there is cooperation among the staff of the institutions and government agencies, especially the storage bond.
Earlier this year, the Local Government Ministry held a two-day regional workshop with executives from the various regional offices during which regional health services was scrutinised. The participants had assessed and streamlined the implementation of regional health programmes and also looked at shortages of drugs.
The inventory of drugs and medical supplies was considered, so as to ensure that, at a regional level, measures were in place for another location to share its supplies if one location experienced a drug shortage.
According to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Collin Croal, these issues were looked at to determine whether there are actual shortages.
“We have always heard coming out from various reports, and media reports, we have seen same from our visits, the whole aspect of short of drugs; is it really an shortage of drugs and medical supplies or is it, maybe, the timely delivery or do we have bottlenecks in the system that create this?” he stated prior to the workshop. (email@example.com)
In closing two weeks of high quality tennis, Godfrey Lowden and Carlos Adams would add another chapter to their list of rival clashes when the two meet for the Men’s Over-35 title in the Assuria Invitational Classic Tennis Tournament.
The two tennis ‘heavyweight giants’ in the senior division steamrolled through the round-robin leg of the tournament with both men playing undefeated in their respective groups.
Lowden, the top Men’s Over-35 player in the country, and the top seed in Group B, showed no mercy as he never dropped a set in his straight-set demolitions of Steve David-Longe and popular veteran player Rudy Grant. Lowden opened his campaign with a fighting 6-2 7-5 victory over David-Longe, who is known to be a stealthy retriever on the local tennis circuit.
The top seed Lowden later returned for his final round-robin game against Grant, who over time has proven to be a hand full for all the top players on the circuit. But there was no stopping the powerful Lowden, who claimed his remaining match to advance to the final, by taking a quick 6-1 6-4 victory over Grant. David-Longe is ranked second in the group since he too took out Grant in a hard fought three-set victory 6-4 4-6 10-8.
Meanwhile, the very vocal and fancied Adams also played undefeated in Group A where he was competing against the likes of Mario Niamatalli and Harry Panday. The feisty Adams, who is known for his vocal outbursts, was relatively tame during his on-court performance in his straight-set defeats of his Group A opponents. He made a comprehensive 6-1 6-4 victory over tennis lover Panday.
His second outing of the tournament was more of a walk in the park for the top seed. He steamrolled past the third seed in the group Niamatalli 6-1 6-0 to claim his place alongside Lowden. Niamatalli took second after defeating Panday in straight-sets 6-1 6-4.
The Ladies Singles category also proved their worth on the local tennis scene when Girls champion Nicola Ramdyhan and junior sensation Afruica Gentle clashed in their group. As they wowed the spectators with their hitting power, Ramdyhan kept her calm to avoid falling prey to Gentle, who spared no moment blasting from the baseline.
Ramdyhan eventually edged out a close win at 7-6 6-4. Berbician veteran champ Carol Humphrey, who recently recovered from knee injury, also fell prey to the 14-year-old Jamaali Homer 7-5 6-4. But Homer was subsequently easily defeated by Ramdyhan 6-4 6-1.
In the Men’s Singles, Boys champ Gavin Lewis was stunned Leyland Leacock in a gruelling three-setter 6-7 6-4 7-5 that took a great toll on both players.
Leacock, who is a seasoned player and Assistant National Coach, seemed to be in control initially with his flawless placement of the ball, but it was the stamina and power of Lewis that created his demise. In the other match, Daniel Lopes defeated Khalif Gobin 6-0 6-3.
This week’s matches will conclude the tournament starting at 17:30h today, where it will feature the most anticipated match of the tournament, with top player in the Boys category Daniel Lopes and Lewis playing each other possibly to determine the winner in that category.
After that match, Leacock will play Gobin. On Wednesday in the Ladies Singles, Gentle will play Jamaali Homer and then in the Men’s Singles, Lewis will tackle Gobin. On Friday, the Men’s Over-35 final encounter will take place with Adams playing Lowden and in the Men’s Singles, while Lopes will trade skills with Leacock.
Heads of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are expected to discuss Guyana’s inability to pass the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) 2013 Bill when they continue their intersessional meeting in St Vincent and the Grenadines today.
Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who has accompanied President Donald Ramotar to the meeting, made this disclosure. The meeting was scheduled for Monday. In an earlier press statement, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said in a letter dated March 7, 2014 to President Ramotar, Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart expressed concerns over the stalled Bill.
“Without any doubt, this situation and the threatened action by CFATF [Caribbean Financial Action Task Force] will affect Guyana and the entire Caribbean region, and will negatively impact the well-being of our people,” Prime Minister Stuart is quoted as saying in the letter.
He further said: “I trust that during our intersessional meeting, we will be able to discuss this matter in caucus and see what other action we can take as a group to assist Guyana at this juncture.” Caricom is said to be extremely worried about the political stalemate preventing the passage of the bill, as it considers the wider implications.
If blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Guyana could encounter difficulties in accessing funds from international agencies. Additionally financial transactions in general can become a burden, affecting even the man in the street. Last November, Guyana and Belize were placed on the CFATF watchlist, after failing to meet its standards. Guyana was identified as a country with significant strategic deficiencies in its AML/CFT regime.
However, it was given a February 28 deadline to submit a progress report along with the passed AML Amendment Bill; however, the Bill is still at the level of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee. With or without the Bill, the country will be reviewed by CFATF in May where a determination will be made on whether or not it should be subjected to an International Cooperation Review by FATF.
Ryan Stephney (#9) drives against the Pacesetters defense to come through in the clutch for the Ravens (Photo: Treiston Joseph)
Road to Mecca…
By Treiston Joseph
With Ravens up by one and the clock on 36 seconds, Ryan Stephney came down the court, called an isolation play, used his hesitation dribble followed by a left cross, drove the lane and scored over traffic to the resounding applause of a packed Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sunday evening to help the Ravens defeat the Pacesetters 61-58 in the Road to Mecca National Club Championships.
The crowd that turned out to witness the action
The game started with both teams swishing threes to start the competitive game in front of one of the best crowds in a while.
As usual, the Ravens were active on the glass and received numerous second chance opportunities which helped them run out to a seven-point lead at the end of the first.
Three-point bomber for the Pacesetters Stephon Gillis, in the second quarter unleashed a barrage of threes to erase the seven point deficit and head into the half time break with just one point ahead of the Ravens with score on 41-40.
After the halftime break, Ravens settled into their offense, as they looked to pass for the open shots, while Gillis started to go cold from the arc, but continued to fire away, while the guards of the Pacesetters found it hard to penetrate the 3-2 zone defense of the Ravens.
However, with the score on 57-55 in favour of the Ravens in the final two minutes and both teams cranking up the defense, Gillis hit a clutch three to send his team one point ahead with a minute left to play.
Stephney then took over the game driving the ball down the middle to score before retrieving a crucial turnover from the pacesetters to drive the ball again and score against two defenders that left 11 seconds on the clock.
Gills in the dying moments out of a time out threw a heave at the basket that missed, giving the Ravens the crucial win.
Stephney ended with 25 points while Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai contributed 12 points in the thriller of a game. Gillis ended with 23 points for the Pacesetters while Travis Burnett dropped 10 points as well in the losing effort.
Meanwhile, the Retrieve Raiders pulled off a 57-55 thriller of a game against the Kashif and Shanghai Kings to move to the semi-final round.
Dwayne ‘Brown Suga’ Roberts and Keon Cameron combined for 41 of the team’s 57 points in the game.
Roberts inside tactic was the crucial factor in the game, as he dominated the post with 21 points, while grabbing 20 rebounds for a double-double.
Omally Sampson had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Orin Rose dropped 14 and Steve Neils Jr 10 in the loss.
Amelia’s Ward Jets dominated the Victory Valley Royals in a 67-56 win to move forward to the semi-final.
Shane Webster went off in the post, dropping 22 points and collecting 15 rebounds in his double-double performance to see that his team qualifies. Emmanuel Archibald chipped in with 14 points, while Rodwell Pellew had 11 points.
Harold Adams scored a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Ron Beckles also had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
The Bounty Colts was the fourth team to make the semis, as they routed the Pepsi Sonics 65-51 for their second win of the tournament.
Dave Causway was the high point man for the Colts with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Shelroy Thomas had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Guard Jason Squires had an all-round game for the Sonics with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Trevor Smith was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points.
Amid reports of a lack of markets for the bumper rice crop being harvested, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is reporting that foreign buyers are demanding low prices owing to the surplus on the local market.
GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh told Guyana Times on Monday that samples of the various rice varieties have been sent to several different markets as the board seeks alternative export markets for the surplus rice being produced this year. These markets, he explained, include Holland, England, and Portugal. He said although the countries currently import rice from Guyana, the board is looking to significantly increase the quantities.
In an earlier interview, Singh had indicated that they are in talks with other countries which want to buy rice from Guyana. Among those nations are African countries; England; Colombia; and Caribbean territories such as Haiti, Belize, and Jamaica. Noting that importers are aware of the surplus on the local market, Singh said, many are taking advantage of this by demanding low prices. Farmers have been complaining about the low prices they are being offered for their paddy.
Also commenting on the issue, Rice Producers Association General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj noted that the recent price drop has a lot to do with supply and demand. He said the farmers need to understand that as a result of the surplus crop, there will be a decrease in the price for paddy. While noting that the current crop is the largest in the history of rice farming in Guyana, Seeraj contended that since the Venezuelan market is not on-stream, farmers are worried about their livelihood. He further told this publication that the Venezuelan issue would soon be resolved as “only a few more documents have to be signed and processed”.
Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy echoed these statements during a telephone interview with Guyana Times. He explained that the only document left to be signed is the Purchase Order. He said as soon as that is signed, the issue will be rectified and the ships currently at Venezuelan ports will be able to offload their cargo. Dr Ramsammy had recently announced that rice exports to Venezuela were expected to resume as soon as all logistics were completed between the two governments.
He stated then that the rice agreement, which is in its final stage, remains a significant one for Guyana, noting that in early February, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), was inked between La Casa (on behalf of the Venezuelan Government) and Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Geoffrey Da Silva. “There will be a change in paddy versus white rice and once the contract is inked, we will announce that, but the MoA has already established those numbers,” Minister Ramsammy said. With the MoA already inked, the final stage of the Guyana/Venezuela agreement is near completion. This would include the purchasing order and shipment schedule. Rice shipments have already commenced to Europe, the Caribbean and to new destinations.
The issue of the lack of markets came to the fore when Region Six Chairman David Armogan told this publication that there are some 200,000 tonnes of rice which Guyana is trying to sell, but does not have a market for. He said the once-secure Venezuelan market has become unbalanced with the current turmoil in that country. He further stated that ships laden with rice were at ports in Venezuela, unable to offload their cargo. The demurrage (delay) costs have to be borne by Guyana. Armogan said already 2500 acres of paddy have been harvested in Region Six for this current crop, with farmers not receiving all the benefits that they enjoyed during the last crop. The farmers are receiving $5600 per tonne of A grade paddy and $1000 less per grade downwards. Armogan predicts that if Guyana cannot secure markets quickly, the current spring crop production will see more rice being left on the hands of millers who may start refusing to buy paddy from farmers. “It is also going to be harder for us to get markets, because right across the world, more rice is being produced and soon, we would not be able to sell all that we produce,” Armogan had warned.
A week ago, the film, “12 years a slave” won the Best Picture award at the Hollywood Academy Awards – the highest accolade in the industry and one that will guarantee the film cinematic. But it will do more than that: it will for the very first time, tell the story of a slave from the point of view of the slave. Solomon Northup was a free citizen of New York who had been sold into slavery in Louisana and endured the 12 years of slavery, he wrote of in harrowing detail, in 1853.
The fore parents of Director of the film, Steve McQueen, a Black Briton of Grenadian descent, had been slaves. He was the first man of African origin to have won the Oscar for directing the Best Picture. All of this publicity is rather serendipitous since today, Hilary Beckles, the historian who is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies in Barbados, will be presenting the specific demands for reparations for the horrors of slavery to the Heads of Government (HoG) of Caricom against several European nations – including the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
In an ironic historic twist, the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, playing the role of a plantation owner in “12 years a slave” is descended from the family that owned the plantation in Barbados to which Beckles’ ancestors had been enslaved. The HoG had already approved the plan for reparations last year, which has now been distilled into 10 demands and are almost certain to be approved unchanged. Since last year, there have been meetings by the several national teams on reparations in the various territories of Caricom.
One of the demands expected to be most contentious would appear to be on the surface, the most innocuous one: an unqualified apology for inflicting the institution of slavery on people shipped across from Africa. There is not a European nation mentioned that can deny their involvement with either the slave trade or slave ownership, nor can they deny the horror of slavery.
Yet there are fears that an apology would lead to an acceptance of “guilt” from which monetary reparations would flow. The contention that restorative justice for the descendants of the victims would at last be given does not seem to be persuasive.
Some of the other demands would be to provide diplomatic help to persuade countries such as Ghana and Ethiopia to offer citizenship to the descendants of people from the Caribbean who “return” to Africa. Some 30,000 have made such a journey to Africa and have been offered generous settlement packages, but lack of citizenship rights for their children is causing difficulties.
Specific to the Caribbean would be proposals designed to change the structural factors inherited from the days of slavery and which have conspired to keep the Caribbean in a state of underdevelopment. One of these calls upon the European nations to craft a development strategy to help improve the lives of poor communities in the Caribbean. This development strategy, for instance, would have to take into consideration the question of capital for development since during slavery the slaves received no money they could save.
There is also the demand that cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and West Africa be fostered to help Caribbean people of African descent rebuild their sense of history and identity. Without this strong sense of identity, they will always remain defensive. In tandem with the preceding, there would have to be support for literacy drives designed to improve education levels that are still dire in many Caribbean communities.
Even more specific, the plan calls for medical assistance to the region that is struggling from high levels of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and Type two diabetes that have been linked to slavery. The claims are being channeled through the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
In de good book, one man sell out he soul fuh a few pieces a silver. Since then, no body ever wanna take that man name fuh dem self. And no mummah and daady would ever name dem pickney by that name. That is how shameful it is when a man sell he soul fuh a lil small change.
Nowadays people does still sell dem soul fuh a lil small change, although dem does never wanna accept that dem behaviour is just like de man who name begin wid “J” in de good book. Or sometimes even wuss than that.
It got some people in de town who got some real stupiddy people around dem. Some a dem is even de boss man. Burnt Ham never used to like stupiddy people around he, and every body know that. If some a dem stupiddy boss men was around Burnt Ham, dem woulda never survive.
It got one poticlar boss man around de town. If he had ever come across Burnt Ham, he woulda get knock down right away. Some people used to try hard fuh tolerate this boss man, but dem couldn’ta tek it no more.
Wid Burnt Ham, yuh coulda never have stupiddy people around de place. If yuh tink that is lie, ask people nowadays who wuk wid he. At least one man deh round still. Yet some a dem same people doin any ting fuh a lil small change, includin toleratin stupiddy people and sellin dem soul.
Some even got dem as dem boss man. Well, that is another story! Just when yuh tink slavery done, it still got house slaves around. Fuh some people, is every phrase does have to start and end wid “boss man”.
Ting-a-ling-a-ling…friend tell friend…mattie tell mattie! And some times it does have to end wid “ow boss man”, especially when de boss man in a vex-up mood, which is nuff time. But fuh a lil small change, some people gon do any ting, just like de “J” man in de good book.
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, through the Wildlife Management Authority, has responded to allegations made by self-proclaimed wildlife exporter Imo Fox that the organisation has failed to adequately address issues within the trade that have caused him and other legal exporters to be cut off from markets.
In a media release on Monday, the body said Fox was allowed to legally engage in the trade sometime back, but he no longer has such privileges.
“It must be noted that while Mr Fox was licensed to export wildlife a few years ago, he is not currently a licensed wildlife exporter.”
Fox had called on the government to pay closer attention to the health and well-being of wildlife before their exportation, and the tracking of diseases such as psittacosis, which has become a serious neurological disease in the bird trade.
In response to this, the division said that the animals are inspected by Veterinary Officers of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority before they are exported.
“The Wildlife Management Authority and the Guyana Livestock Development Authority are collaborating on a protocol to improve monitoring of animals destined for export,” the division stated.
As it relates to the accusation of discriminatory policies whereby the quotas given to the Fox family are diminished after they “bring in the markets”, the organisation said it found it “puzzling since Mr Fox is not currently licensed”.
“Further, the Wildlife Management Authority has a process for allocating extra quotas which takes into account several factors.”
The allocation process, it said, is overseen by a subcommittee established by the Wildlife Management Authority to manage quotas. It further claimed that the family were unable to provide proof that a new primate had really been discovered.
Speaking with Guyana Times a few days ago, Fox said he and his family had been in the wildlife trade for close to two decades and were upset with the treatment meted out to them by the wildlife division. He also said that his family was responsible for the many deals emanating out of Guyana, alleging that “discriminatory policies by the wildlife division” has also been rampant.
“We bring in the markets and we don’t get the quota to fill the numbers of animals that importers would like, so that after we bring in the markets, our quotas are diminished, when we apply for extras, we are not granted the extras but other exporters are given these quotas,” Fox lamented.
He claimed that the failure by the relevant authorities to properly screen the animals caused the trade to become less viable for him and other exporters who had already invested millions of dollars. He said because of the serious threat of the disease, wildlife trading in Hong Kong had already closed down.
And as other countries move towards banning the trade, exporters like him would continue to feel the effects.
“This does not allow for exporters to do their business in the right way, because fewer markets become available and as this happens, the trade becomes more competitive,” he told this publication.
His family has, so far, invested more than $15 million in the trade, Fox claimed.
As the world celebrated the contributions of womenfolk to society, hundreds of Guyanese from government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) took to the streets of Georgetown in silence. They joined millions around the world in observing the United Nations designated International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8 and protesting the inhumane crime of rape.
The walk was organised by the recently-formed Citizens Against Rape (CAR) body – established by a group of women who had reached their breaking point on matters of abuse in Guyana with a particular focus on rape. It commenced at the Umana Yana and proceeded through several city streets before culminating at the Promenade Gardens where there were several speeches and poems that delivered a strong anti-rape message.
Included among the silent marchers were representatives of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD); Help and Shelter; the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers; Festival City Parent Youth Organisation; Red Thread; and the Guyana Human Rights Association; as well as Education Minister Priya Manickchand.
The group walked in silence with their banners and slogans, because many victims are living in silence with no voice to advocate for them. “I Said No” read one placard held by a little girl no more than three years of age.
“Rising Against Rape”
As part of its campaign of “Rising Against Rape”, the organisation advocated for support from men and children, noting that it was necessary for the development of women in Guyana.
They, however, emphasised the point that while celebrating women, men should not be forgotten as they too face abuse at some point in their lives and are afraid to let it be known. It was asked that these men be kept in mind even while International Women’s Day is being observed.
“Inspiring Change” is the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day and it encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance, inspiring positive change.
Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the auspicious day.
First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar with two senior citizens at the Zeelugt Primary School
First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar and members of the First Lady’s Foundation visited and delivered goodies to approximately 100 Region Three senior citizens who would have made significant contributions to Guyana’s development.
The gesture was in observance of International Women’s Day on Saturday.
The presentations were done at the Patentia Secondary School, West Bank Demerara and Zeelugt Primary School, West Coast Demerara, while visits were made to the homes of five senior citizens who were unable to travel to the venues.
International Women’s Day which was launched in 1911 is celebrated each year on March 8. It is a day when organisations, religious communities, and governments engage in the quest for peace, democracy and equality, to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
During brief remarks, First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar stated that government continues to honour women who would have contributed to the country’s economy, and each year the foundation has been moving to different locations to ensure that every community benefits from this gesture.
The First Lady noted that International Women’s Day is a day to observe the contributions of women and no woman must be forgotten.
“They have contributed in many ways to the development of Guyana, in helping their families and communities, and so we think they deserve the acknowledgement,” the First Lady said.
In Guyana and the Caribbean, the background to the observance of International Women’s Day differs from that of their sister countries in the Western World.
They developed an early tradition of struggle and activism born out of their experiences in shaking off the shackles of slavery and indentureship.
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