President Irfaan Ali has commended women for their contributions to society in his message on International Women’s Day.
The President in a short message said the contributions of women are invaluable and they continue to pave the way in building the country.
“And I do want to salute all women, in Guyana, the region and around the world for their strength of character. For their dignity, their honour, pride and simplicity in which they go about every day changing lives, changing countries and changing communities,” the President said.
First Lady Arya Ali in a message of her own, said Women have been fighting the longest battle known in human history – the battle for gender equality.
She said on International Women’s Day, the battle continues.
“We are soldiers armed with knowledge and a resilient spirit which refuses to surrender to patriarchy. Our battlefield is not confined to geographic or social spaces – it is everywhere – in the home, at the office, in the gym, at the restaurant, even in religious institutions. Everywhere we venture, our ‘woman-ness’ is either viewed or treated as less than. Yet, we wake up each day, determined to be vessels of change, actively seeking to create a fairer world for our women and girls to exist in”, the First Lady said.
For its part, the People’s National Congress Reform through its women’s arm, the National Congress of Women said women and their families have experienced difficult situations in the last few years citing the impact of Climate change and environmental disruptions due to flooding in different communities, throughout Guyana as well as the economic and social hardships faced by women, as a result of the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“The NCW is appreciative of the sterling work of Guyanese women (frontline workers), who have worked tirelessly, during 2020, 2021, and 2022, to maintain basic services to Guyanese, particularly in the health, education, and public sectors. Our organization, also, congratulates our sisters who are contributing to the development of our country in different spheres: politics and public life, legal, education, health, science and technology, environment field, security, trade unions, religious, social and community organizations, and in the field, office, and factory,” the PNCR women arm said.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”— the theme was chosen to bring light to the issue that women bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts of the climate crisis, and that they need to be central to the solutions for a sustainable planet.