Sheer madness

I wish the leaders of the nation would spend as much time talking about and fighting over women as they have spent on the Amaila Falls project.

Caught in the middle

I have seen it too many times for my taste. It saddens me to the core to think that a woman–a mother–could use her own child as an instrument to harm the child’s father.

Victim blaming

A Sister sent an email to me and other Sisters this week with a link to an article that was printed in the August 5th Kaieteur News, titled, “Following spate of domestic violence… Don’t leave our men out of the counseling set-up.” While this Sister completely agreed with the notion in the article of involving the men in the process of eliminating domestic violence, she was outraged at what a “community leader” had to say about the role women play in being beaten and murdered.

Blurred Lines

The images that some young women use for their social media profiles are very disturbing and one day when they are older, they will regret putting those pictures in the public domain for the world see.

A better option

The story of a South Sophia woman who is a victim of domestic violence hit me hard this week when it was apparent that she and her children had no place to go after the father of her child brutally beat her.

Give the hero her due

Whew! What a week this has been. First we find out Simona Broomes, President of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO), finally gets the recognition that she and her group deserve from the US Secretary of State for being heroes in demonstrating the courage and willingness to save women from being trafficked in Guyana.

The Faith Harding factor

In recent years there have been numerous reports about the difference between female leadership and the traditional male leadership to which the human race has been subjected for centuries.

Sexual freedom

Issues of gender equality come in so many forms: professional, relational, spiritual, intellectual – and yes, even sexual.

Love actually

Stella Says

When someone tells you how much they care about you, it is always wise to take stock of their actions to decide if those actions actually correspond with the honey-dripping words coming from their mouths.

Wear your age with your head held high

Stella Says

In a 1998 Gallup survey, 51% of American women between the ages of 50 and 65 who had reached menopause said they were happiest and most fulfilled at this stage of their lives, as compared to when they were in their 20s (10%), 30s (17%) or 40s (16%).

I am not your ‘Babes,’ I am your sister

Stella Says

No matter if I’ve only been gone from Guyana for a couple weeks, whenever I return and start to go about my business, it is always such a culture shock to see the way men treat women on the streets and about town.

Why the women of Guyana are rising

Stella Says

I have already given my own reasons as to why I am rising at the One Billion Rising – Guyana event next Thursday, February 14 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at the Promenade Gardens.

Why I am rising

Stella Says

On February 14, one billion women – and those who love them – in 190 countries will rise up in solidarity to demand an end to violence against women.

The other hate in Guyana

Stella Says

The other day I was waiting in a room and a lady looked at me and sneeringly told me about something a person of Asian descent had once done that was improper.

In defence of men in the rape debate

Stella Says

After watching weeks of dialogue in the letter pages about rape, some Sisters (including myself) weighed in on the topic this week to add more female voices to the matter at hand.

An everyday story

Stella Says

How on earth does a man slash his wife’s throat, stab her multiple times and still walk the streets afterward?.

My crusade

Stella Says

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.

The pretty trap

Alanis Morissette once said, “What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.” In this brief sentence, Alanis openly challenged the societal notion that all women must be pretty.

Deafening silence on a national travesty

The silence is truly deafening. Nary a peep about the beastly assault of a young woman that was so brutal, it forced her to abort her unborn child (the assault should be public record as it was reported to the police and the medical procedure was verified by the young woman).

A better way for justice

If I had a wish for Domestic Violence Month, it would be that every female victim of this beastly crime would garner enough courage and foresight to testify against her offender.