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RISING BEFORE THE RISING IN GUYANA: Walk for Equality: NO to violence

Guyana > Georgetown > Where: Parade Ground, Middle Street Georgetown. > 2014-02-09 > 03:00 pm

About The Event

Every day brings more reports of violence in Guyana. Children, women and men are all victims of violence. The murder rate in Guyana is over 18:100,000. Eighteen times higher than the murder rate in England. In 2013 alone, 29 women were murdered by their partners. In 2013, 2925 cases of child abuse were reported to the Childcare and Protection Agency. There were 574 reported cases of sexual abuse of children. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Guyanese are suffering as a result of violence directed against them. There are reports of police brutality against citizens and egregious violations of their rights. Colwyn Harding is a recent victim. Police officers are also being killed in the line of duty. What has happened to us as a nation? It’s time to stop the violence! Violence is both the cause and the result of inequality in society. Violence destroys the dignity of both victim and perpetrator. Let us work together for EQUAL RIGHTS and JUSTICE for all Guyanese: NO EXCEPTIONS. Please come out and join us on a Walk for Equality. Let us be the change in society. Let us say “NO to violence.”

About The Organization

Guyana Equality Forum

The Guyana Equality Forum (GEF) is a network of civil groups working cohesively to achieve equal rights and justice for all Guyanese. The GEF was formed as a collaborative response to addressing human rights abuses against sexual and gender minorities and vulnerable groups in Guyana. The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) serves as its secretariat. Civil society groups involved with the GEF combat discrimination by:
• Documenting patterns and incidences of discrimination against LGBT persons and other vulnerable groups;
• Challenging discrimination and human rights violations against LGBT persons and other vulnerable groups; and
• Advocating for inclusive legal reforms which protect vulnerable persons from all forms of discrimination and realize the right to equality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK5h5Oz4TLc&feature=youtu.be

About The Organizer

Joel Simpson

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