(A Guest Column by Sherlina Nageer* to mark the Latin American and Caribbean Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion) Women have always been having abortions.
Most days it seems that no matter what a woman does, she just does not measure up to what society demands of her.
Recently there was a discussion on Facebook about the Stabroek News columnists and their relevance to those who read the newspaper.
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.
An interesting question has been floating around this past week that I would like to help answer.
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.
I have been struggling with a personal issue for a while now. This issue went deep into my soul and kept me awake far too many nights.
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.
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.
‘That is exactly how many Guyanese feel when going through the T&T airport—sub-human, degraded and embarrassed.
I was heartsick for days after hearing the verdict from Florida in the George Zimmerman case.
I know a man who once drove a good, smart and perfectly sane woman to the brink of insanity.
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.
If you could plan a strategy for protecting the women of a country, what would it look like?
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.
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.
Okay ladies, let’s talk about how to make sure you do not overstep your feminine boundaries too far in this age of female empowerment.
Issues of gender equality come in so many forms: professional, relational, spiritual, intellectual – and yes, even sexual.
There is an ongoing national conversation on the topic of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues.
In today’s world, being a mother can be a real task. Of course there are all the typical motherly duties like bathing, feeding, nurturing and loving.
It starts with something simple: He thinks her jeans are too tight even though the jeans fit perfectly fine.
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.
Do you think you are entitled to women and their time? Are you shocked if a woman wants you to leave her alone?
I was watching CNN’s Headline News one day a couple weeks ago when they aired a report that claimed that a lot of women are afraid of ending up alone.
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%).
For centuries in almost all cultures around the world, women had no real choice about when, where and with whom they would have sex.
The medical establishment tells us that nearly 50% of women have Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD).
On January 5, I wrote a column, entitled ‘My Crusade’ detailing the lack of protection and even maltreatment of women in Guyana by law enforcement officers.
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.
There was an unplanned theme in the words of the women who spoke at the One Billion Rising – Guyana event this past Thursday.
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.
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 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.
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.
How on earth does a man slash his wife’s throat, stab her multiple times and still walk the streets afterward?.
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.
‘Her revolutionary spirit and patriotic heart is refreshing in a country where so many have just given up because the deep-seated problems of corruption and poverty are so overwhelming.
Interestingly, Mary, the mother of baby Jesus, appears to be the only woman present during the birth of her first baby.
What happens when – after being hit, punched, kicked, slapped or even raped – a victim of domestic violence decides to defend her life?
So, you’ve been out clubbing to let off some steam from a hard week at school or work.
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.
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).
Have you heard the rumours? The talk on the street is that snap elections may happen early next year.
I feel as if I can finally take a deep breath as the War on Women suffered major setbacks this week when voters in the US clearly rejected the strong anti-women undercurrent seen in this election.
Creating a birth control plan is one of the most important decisions in a woman’s life if she is determined to be the one who chooses when she will have a child.
I was more than a little taken aback at the negative response to my last column, which condemned the government’s involvement in bringing Chris Brown – a convicted woman beater – to perform in Guyana.
There are two sides of Chris Brown. One side is a violent man who can use his own two hands to mercilessly brutalise a woman he supposedly loves.
What parent has not on occasion raised their voice to their child in an attempt to get a point across?
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.
There are reports of groups of women in Northern India that visit abusive husbands and beat them up with bamboo sticks unless they stop abusing their wives.