PRESS RELEASE Message from the National Chairperson Of the National Congress of Women On International Women’s Day 2007



The National Congress of Women (NCW), the women’s arm of the People’s National Congress Reform, salutes all women in Guyana and throughout the world as we observe International Women’s Day 2007, Thursday March 8th. The NCW also endorses the United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2007 – “Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls”.

As we think of International Women’s Day 2007, we must remember Clara Zetkin and those women in Germany who initiated the observance of this day. We also salute our own Guyanese women, those stalwarts of the PNC Women’s Auxiliary and the WRSM, the forerunners to our organisation, those women worked hard for the advancement of the women of our organisation and Guyana as a whole. On this occasion of International Women’s Day we also salute all members of the NCW, and urge that we continue to work tirelessly for the upliftment of our womenfolk.

While we observe this day, let us be reminded of the work done by the administration of the People’s National Congress in recognising the value and importance of women’s contribution in the developmental process in Guyana as well as their role in the process. Let us recall some of the steps which were taken, beginning with the State Paper on Equality for women in 1976; Enshrinement of the principle of equality for women under Article 29 of the 1980 Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; The establishment of the Women’s Affairs Bureau and the signing and ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women in 1980; Representation on the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women in 1982; The Removal of Discrimination Against Children Born out of Wedlock Act in 1983; The Equal Rights and the Married Persons (Property) Amendment Acts of 1990, giving women a better opportunity to benefit during the division of property.

The People’s National Congress and its women’s arm, though in opposition, also supported the Domestic Violence Act which was passed in Parliament a few years ago. We note the pervasive nature of Domestic Violence in Guyana and condemn same. We are particularly pleased that the United Nations decided to focus on “Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls”. We, however, regret that despite all the work done by our predecessors there are still some women who cannot enjoy the fruits of their labour. Let us remember those who worked for better lives for their sisters and those who lost their lives in the process. Let us salute all those unsung heroines and demand justice for all women. We vehemently condemn the rise in domestic violence, rape, carnal knowledge, crime, discrimination, corruption to name a few of the serious problems facing this dear land of ours. We pray that those guilty of such crimes will be brought to justice.

This year as we observe International Women’s Day 2007 the National Congress of Women has decided to focus on women’s health hence our sub-theme “The Health of the Woman is the Health of the Nation”. The deaths of so many women through Cancer, hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks, AIDS and so many other illnesses cause us to call on all to get regular medical checks. On this International Women’s Day, today March 8, 2007, we pledge to bind ourselves together in order to give meaning to our theme for International Women’s Day “The Health of the Woman is the Health of the Nation”. We wish you all good health.

A Happy International Women’s Day


National Congress of Women (NCW)
Thursday, March 8, 2007