MOSP celebrates IWD with a big bang
DPI, GUYANA, Friday, March 9, 2018
First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger advocated for change to further the transformation of women’s lives in Guyana at the Ministry of Social Protection’s ‘I am Woman’ observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018 on Thursday evening at the Parc Rayne Inn.
Delivering the feature address, the First Lady observed, “our women and girls on the coast and rural and urban areas require the skills needed to strive in this world, notwithstanding our different ages, religions, races, social and economic backgrounds. We, women who make up more than half of the population of this vast and beautiful land must cease this incentive and become activists wherever we live.”
It was suggested by the First Lady, that the women activists must tackle issues affecting women using a holistic approach.
Meanwhile, Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally called for more emphasis to be placed on gender equality. “Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in all spheres of life remains a national priority of the government of Guyana and this global event provides us with the opportunity to assess the progress made in keeping with national priorities, international obligations…to achieve gender parity”, she said.
Minister Ally reiterated that the ministry is committed to improving policies and programmes which provide for the realization of gender parity.
The IWD event, which featured a rich cultural programme of dances and spoken ensembles that celebrated the power of the Guyanese woman, was attended by several influential females.
Adler Bynoe, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Liaison Officer observed that the day is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and actions to eradicate the present challenges to full women empowerment.
He noted that his organisation remains committed to the cause and urged other organisations to remain steadfast in the fight against inequalities.
By: Neola Damon