Strides to educate the public on domestic violence continue with the forthcoming broadcast of a television programme in Essequibo, Berbice, Georgetown and Linden.
The programme, “Break the Cycle: Stop the Violence,” will be aired this evening in Essequibo from 19:30hrs to 20:00hrs; in Berbice on Little Rock Television Station Channel 10 between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs; and in George-town, on TVG Channel 28 between 16:00hrs and 17:00hrs and on NCN Channel 11 at 21:30hrs. No time has been set yet for Linden.
The times were announced during the commemoration of International Human Rights Day held yesterday at Help and Shelter on Homestretch Avenue, under the theme, ‘20 years: Working for Your Rights’.
In attendance were ambassadors to Guyana, including British High Commis-sioner Andrew Ayre, US Ambassador Brent Hardt, Canadian High Commis-sioner Nicole Giles and Head of the European Union Delegation, Ambassador Robert Kopecky.
Giles emphasised the obligations the international community has to victims of violence, whether sexual, domestic or otherwise.
“We have an obligation to the victims of these appalling forms of violence. We have an obligation to coordinate our efforts to ensure maximisation of resources. We have an obligation to encourage dialogue with interest groups and support the ongoing efforts of the local partners. We have an obligation to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves,” she said.
Ayre, meanwhile, urged victims of domestic violence to contact organisations such as Help and Shelter and Red Thread and advised those who witness domestic violence to speak out against it. He also encouraged citizens to find out more about domestic violence by watching the scheduled programme tonight.
Help and Shelter, lauded for its contributions to Guyana, provides support through counselling, advocacy, research and public education.