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May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
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Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"During the period 2011–2015, statistics from the GPF reveal that 157 women and girls were murdered, with the highest incidents occurring in Region 4 followed by Region 3. The majority of women victims of murder by an intimate partner were Indo-Guyanese and women within the age range 20–29 and 40–44" (24). "The 1,351 reported cases of rape that occurred during the reporting period (shown in Annex B, Table 6) is a grave concern to the State Party" (24).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1

"The Married Persons (Property) (Amendment) Act of 2014 provides for the division of property of married persons and the recognition of common law unions and the division of property among these unions. It stipulates that applications for division of property under Sections 6 (A) and 15 must be brought within three years after the dissolution or annulment of a marriage or union. The previous position was that applications having their genesis in a marriage had to be filed before a decree absolute was made whereas in relation to common law unions there was no limitation on the time" (13).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"From 2011 to 2015 approximately 450 women participated in training programs offered for computer literacy, food preparation, entrepreneurship, information technology, office procedures and literacy resulting in certification from the GWLI. Some women have continued onto higher education programs but increasingly women are becoming participants in micro enterprise and small business after participation in training programs" (18). "The microcredit programme established in June 2010 has continued throughout the reporting period. This initiative is being done in collaboration with a commercial bank, the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI). Through the facility, loans amounts ranging from USD 500 to USD 1,250 are offered at a low interest rate for start-up and...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"The Constitution of Guyana guarantees the right of free education from nursery school through secondary school, including non-formal schooling" (27).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Generally, mental health services are available countrywide but the service is less than optimal due to lack of qualified full-time professionals. Services are provided on an outreach basis during limited time periods to hinterland communities and isolated areas" (31).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The CROG recognizes that both prostitution and trafficking in persons are primarily rooted in poverty, entrenched inequality and exacerbated by anti-social family life, abuse, sexism, and class prejudices. Efforts to eliminate trafficking and exploitation of victims of prostitution as recommended in paragraph 25 are ongoing. Programmes such as the Hinterland Scholarship Programme, the universal school uniform programme, economic assistance to single mothers and skills training for youths are all aimed at reducing poverty, creating equality of opportunities and access to the delivery of services to reduce the vulnerabilities of women, children, in general and specifically within Indigenous communities. These programmes complemented the counter-trafficking action plan (2014) developed by the National...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"In July 2015, the GOG introduced a new special temporary measure project, the 5 B’s — Boats, Buses, Bicycle, Books and Breakfast — as a measure designed to accelerate school attendance and development of disadvantaged communities in rural and hinterland areas. These initiatives provide continued community employment especially for women as heads of households through coordination with local government and other private and public sector organizations" (20). "Guyana’s Equal Rights Act Chapter 38:01 provides for paid equal remuneration for the same work or work of the same nature for both women and men. The method of ensuring this principle obtains in practice occurs through the collective bargaining and negotiation processes....more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"Section 11B of the Representation of People’s Act, Chapter 1:03 allows for the inclusive participation of women in decision-making processes, if at least one-third of the list of representatives of each political party wishing to contest the national and local elections must be women" (9-10).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In the recently held LGE women actively participated as voters and contested seats in the municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils. Women occupy 33 percent of seats in municipalities compared to 30 percent prior to elections; and women councillors of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils improved slightly to 30 percent compared to 29 percent prior to elections" (10). "During the period 2011 to 2015 women representatives were more than 30 percent on a majority of Regional Democratic Councils. Overall, women’s representation in this first tier of local government was 34 percent in 2011, remained consistently over one-third for successive years and declined to 29 percent in 2015 as shown in Annex C,...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

"Females attempt suicide more frequently (75 percent) with a proportion of almost 3:1" (31).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The individual rights of all citizens, women, men, girls and boys with permanent or temporary residence within the jurisdiction of Guyana, are protected under the Constitution. The principle of equality and non-discrimination is enshrined in Article 149 of the revised Constitution and the articles guarantee the fundamental rights and freedoms of people living in the state. Specifically, Article 149E assures women’s equal rights and status with men in political, economic, cultural and social life; their equal access with men to academic, vocational and professional training and equal opportunities in employment, remuneration and promotion. This Article unequivocally states that ‘all forms of discrimination against women on the basis of gender and...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Subsequently, training sessions were held by WAB and MAB with the Guyana Business Coalition through the Guyana National Shipping Corporation and seven other rural-based NGOs. Gender awareness programmes held in workplaces and prisons covered gender-based violence, sexual harassment and anger management respectively. Along with support from UN Women, several initiatives were executed during the sixteen (16) days of activism across the country, including video shows, sharing of experiences by survivors and edutainment, dramatization to depict all forms of violence, discussions about the leading causes of domestic violence and rape. In November 2013, approximately thirty-five (35) persons benefitted from a two-day workshop on CEDAW and the Gender Dimension of HIV in...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"In addition to United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the State party has enshrined in its Constitution the following: a) nited Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD); b) International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); c) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); d) International Convention against Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman or degrading treatment or Punishment (CAT); e) UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); f) Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of “Belem do Para”). Further, the State party also signed and...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"Guyana’s National Policy on Domestic Violence 2008–2013 was formulated as a result of a National Dialogue among state and non state actors. The National Policy 2008–2013 was formulated based on several thematic areas covering prevention, services for victims/survivors, enforcement of legal remedies and public education across social and health sectors. In order to effectively implement the national policy, a National Domestic Violence Oversight Committee was created and comprised individuals (women and men) from government ministries, state institutions, civil society and experts from other fields (...) . Even though the policy has since lapsed, it has provided the basis for formulation of the draft National Plan of Action for Implementation of...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Additionally, the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA-FTI) 2003–2015 implemented by the Ministry of Education identified its main goal as universal quality completion of education. In each primary school within the community, the aim has been to enhance school attendance for every child in low-income families. Another temporary special measure to accelerate girls’ education has been the main sub initiative, the School Feeding Programme (SFP) under the Strengthened School Community Partnership component. The SPF established a community supported and managed hot meal-feeding program operated by women daily and supplied with local subsistence products. In July 2015, the GOG introduced a new special temporary measure project, the 5 B’s —...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Guyana has achieved gender parity in primary education at the national level with near universal access to primary education as shown in Annex D of this report. From 2011–2015, student enrolment of females and males is almost the same at nursery through primary schools, however more females (51 percent) than males (49 percent) of secondary school age are enrolled in secondary schools at the national level. Overall enrolment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from 2011–2014 for females was 38 percent compared to 62 percent males. The school life expectancy for primary to tertiary education is 13 years for males and 14 years for females. School-age boys have...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Counter Trafficking in Persons Unit (TIPS) and regional focal points are accessible to the public, thus allowing victims to call or drop-in with information and receive assistance. TIPs’ officials have provided court support to alleged victims and witnesses and covered transportation costs. The MOSP has partnered with other non governmental organizations in providing psychosocial support and counselling to alleged victims to assist with reintegration of families and communities. Shelters for survivors of domestic violence and TIPs managed by four local non-governmental organizations continue to benefit from government subvention and support" (23).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"The GoG is committed to enhancing women’s participation at the international level. Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs women outnumber men by a significant margin; they represent 65.8 percent of all staff. At the end of 2016, the Director General and five of eight Directors were women, 2 of 10 ambassadors representing Guyana abroad were women, and 5 of 6 Consul Generals were women. During 2011 to 2015, three of the nine Heads of Missions were women in Cuba, South Africa and Brazil" (26-279.
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Regular police training now includes a five-module component on domestic violence and child abuse aimed at awareness of domestic violence as a crime, its effects on women and children, legislation, role of the police in assessing reports, survivor-friendly interviewing, proper documentation and record keeping. Notwithstanding ongoing training done at the GPF training school, the State Party recognises the need to accelerate refresher trainings and facilitate participatory dialogue on the use of the SOA among law enforcement agencies including the judiciary" (23-24). "GOG continued to provide financial support to four shelters managed by NGOs that provide short-term accommodation, counselling, court advocacy and training for women and girls. From 2011 to 2015...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In August 2014, the MOSP established a National (Inter-agency) Task Force on Sexual Violence to review draft protocols and a National Plan for the Implementation of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Acts. UNFPA also provided support for the hosting of meetings of the Task Force as well as for the development of the Sexual Offenses Action Plan. The protocols and national plan are aimed at training and education in prevention, reporting and elimination of sexual and domestic violence. The preparation of the NP engaged key stakeholders and women’s groups that support the national approach to tackling the interpersonal violence epidemic in the country. The NP proposes to enhance mechanisms...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"The main finding was that across class, ethnic, religious belief and socio-economic status, 3 in every 5 women experience physical violence by an intimate partner; 1 in every 2 women were sexually abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives and about 3 in every 4 women has been emotionally abused by their spouse or partner" (24).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"From a gender perspective, women’s labour participation increased from 41.6 percent in 2011 to 42.9 percent in 2014, while men’s labour participation declined by 1.2 percent from 81.2 percent in 2011 to 80.0 percent in 2014" (9). "In general, females comprise the greater proportion of the working age population (50.9 percent). However, it is estimated that women’s share of the workforce is 34.6 percent while 65.4 percent not engaged in the formal economy. In fact, the national census noted that the majority of these woman (48.6 percent) engage in unpaid work — home duties, while others pursue educational advancement (8.0 percent) and the remainder (7.1 percent) accounts for women retirees....more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"Consistent with this view, the World Bank’s Enterprise Survey (2010) also found that women are underrepresented in private sector firms’ top management with a mere 17 percent as managers. However female participation in ownership of private firms is significantly higher with 58 percent" (29).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"The Rights of Persons in Common Law Union (Amendment) Act 2012 provides for a single woman living with a single man in a common-law union for not less than five years or vice versa to have the same power and rights regarding intestate succession under the law as a widow or widower or a surviving spouse. However, only one such union shall be considered for any benefit. The Married Persons (Property) (Amendment) Act of 2014 provides for the division of property of married persons and the recognition of common law unions and the division of property among these unions. It stipulates that applications for division of property under Sections 6...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ASR-DATA-1

"Although females as a percentage of the total population has declined, there has been significant progress made in the promotion of females in the traditionally male-dominated sectors — engineering, electrical and building construction. From 2011 to 2013, a small number of females were trained in these sectors (3 in 2011, 2 in 2012 and 9 in 2013 representing less than 1percent of the total persons trained). From 2014 to 2015, female participation has increased from 53 in 2014 to 53 in 2015 (representing 5 percent, and 4 percent of the total persons trained)" (27).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"Table 1 shows comparative data from five selected countries. Guyana’s political empowerment ranking was strong at 28 among 135 countries in 2011, but slowly declined to its lowest at 37 among 145 countries in 2015. Among its Latin America and Caribbean neighbours, Guyana ranks first at 66 for political empowerment, but in its overall gender gap index in 2015, Guyana follows Trinidad and Tobago" (10). Table 1 in page 10 shows the a comparative perspective for political empowerment Rank for Guyana, Brazil, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. Brazil was ranked 114 out of 135 un 2011, 72 out of 135 in 2012, 68 out of 136 in 2013, 74...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Through support from UNFPA, Maternity Waiting Homes were established to accommodate pregnant women and their families from interior locations during pre- and post-delivery. It is submitted that the curricula for health workers include comprehensive, mandatory, gender-sensitive courses on women’s health and human rights, gender-based violence through formal diploma to post-graduate training at the University of Guyana Medical School and the Nursing Schools. Additionally, the Ministry of Health from time to time conducts seminars and specialized courses for health practitioners" (30). "For women accessing precondition care and postnatal care, contraceptive services and education are accessible in the package of maternal and child health services. For instance, in 2014, a total of...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Guyana’s National Policy on Domestic Violence 2008–2013 was formulated as a result of a National Dialogue among state and non state actors. The National Policy 2008–2013 was formulated based on several thematic areas covering prevention, services for victims/survivors, enforcement of legal remedies and public education across social and health sectors. In order to effectively implement the national policy, a National Domestic Violence Oversight Committee was created and comprised individuals (women and men) from government ministries, state institutions, civil society and experts from other fields" (14). "In regard to public education on the criminal nature of domestic violence, various awareness campaigns and sensitisation sessions to de-stigmatize victims, encourage women to report...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The CROG recognizes that both prostitution and trafficking in persons are primarily rooted in poverty, entrenched inequality and exacerbated by anti-social family life, abuse, sexism, and class prejudices. Efforts to eliminate trafficking and exploitation of victims of prostitution as recommended in paragraph 25 are ongoing. Programmes such as the Hinterland Scholarship Programme, the universal school uniform programme, economic assistance to single mothers and skills training for youths are all aimed at reducing poverty, creating equality of opportunities and access to the delivery of services to reduce the vulnerabilities of women, children, in general and specifically within Indigenous communities. These programmes complemented the counter-trafficking action plan (2014) developed by the National...more