The Guyana United Apostolic Mystical Council (GUAMC) is alarmed at the number of women murdered within recent times.
Violence against women seems to be a norm in our society. This widespread social ill has left some voiceless people especially women maimed or dead at the hands of the abuser.
This trend cannot be allowed to continue since many innocent children are left to come to grips with the sad reality that their mother, grandmother or sibling was taken away by someone who was expected to love, protect, provide for and celebrate them. Many children have witnessed the violent attacks and have to live through this traumatic experience with little or no help.
The Domestic Violence Act is more than two decades old while police officers and other stakeholders would have received the requisite training and skills. However some women are mocked or poorly handled when they report instances of domestic violence.
GUAMC is calling for the Law to be enforced. Perpetrators must be prosecuted condignly and even those who make a mockery of the Act should be penalized. In addition the Executive and members GUAMC urge the relevant authorities to strengthen the systems that are in place.
We wish to salute Ms. Bonita Montaque, President/Founder of United Bridge Builders Mission Guyana USA and team for successfully staging the largest march against domestic violence in Guyana.
GUAMC, the umbrella organization for Faithists Tabernacles/Mission Houses in Guyana stand resolute with those who have lost their loved ones due to Domestic Violence.
Rev. Wendy Hermonstine