Just 238 words. That was how many words were dedicated to violence against women in Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee’s 6,048-word statement about the new Public Safety and Security Strategy that he proudly released to the media. Just 238 out of 6,048 words. That pretty much sums up just how important women in Guyana are to the government, the Ministry of Home Affairs and law enforcement.
Even that pittance of 238 words is laughable as it clearly demonstrates that the leader of the nation’s law enforcement does not have a clue as to what needs to be done to curb violence against women.
For this column, when I refer to violence against women, I am not only talking about domestic violence, I am talking about all forms of violence against women, such as rape, sexual harassment, child marriage, public harassment, paedophilia, trafficking in persons, sexual harassment, incest and yes – the infamous woman killer in Guyana – domestic violence.