Dear Editor,The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wishes to place on record it’s condemnation of the suffering being endured by the women in the sugar belt where estates have been shut and calls on the Government to immediately introduce comprehensive programmes to alleviate the hardships being endured by these workers, their families and communities.Unemployment since 2015, due to the Government’s incompetence in managing the economy and ill-advised decisions, has reached alarming levels with almost 25,000 workers losing their jobs in both the Private and Public Sectors, a significant percentage are women and single parents.Even the Business Minister acknowledged that the group hardest hit in the small business sector was businesses headed by female single parents. These include those involved with catering, hair and nail craft, sewing and tailoring.The short and long-term socio-economic repercussions of women being removed from the work force, is damaging at many levels:* their personal careers and advancement are stymied;* their families suffer from reduced incomes and access to goods and services, this is particularly devastating for single parent headed households (29 per cent); their children’s access to health and education are also reduced;* their purchasing power has been reduced which impacts negatively on the quality of their lives and on the economy;* psychologically, the levels of depression and anxiety about their future options weigh heavily on them and their families;* contributions to the NIS and Income Tax are reduced;* their dependents, not only in their immediate families but their extended family, are also negatively affected;* loans for their education, or, houses they built through the housing programmes, and or, cars or motorcycles they purchased, are in jeopardy, thereby impacting negatively on the banking system and the quality of their lives;Poverty reduction, maternal and infant mortality, sexual and domestic violence, and suicide continue with little or no priority given to address these ills. The public health sector upon which over 70 per cent of the women depend on for services is in collapse mode and hardships worsen. Yet the Government blindly sings praises to itself.On this 2018 International Women’s Day (yesterday), we condemn the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government for its betrayal of our women and all Guyanese. This overwhelming male-dominated senior citizens and urban middle class men and former military and serving military officers at the highest levels – Government has little room for women, especially for young professional women in their midst. After 30 odd months, we conclude that the APNU/AFC coalition Government holds the record for callous neglect and discrimination against women.Here in Guyana, the silence of those who had held themselves up to be protectors of the women’s rights movement is nothing short of curious. This must change, as it remains true, that were we as a county to invest in our women and in empowering our women, Guyana would grow at a far more advanced pace. Guyana cannot develop unless the inclusion of all women, regardless of their ethnicity, class, geographic location, religion, marital status, etc, are treated as critical, urgent and essential to developing a democratic nation.To spout compliments on IWD in central Georgetown while driving irreversible staves of destruction in the lives of so many of the country’s women makes a mockery of the lofty goals and intentions of International Women’s Day.The “Time is Now” to expose these dangerous retrogressive trends and to renew the long held traditions of activism for women’s rights and women’s rightful place in our nation – to be silent in the face of these reversals in to stand on the wrong side of history.In closing, we support wholeheartedly the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres ’s message on 2018 International Women’s Day when he said “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world… this is not a favour to women.Gender equality is a human rights issue, but it is also in all our interests: men and boys, women and girls. Gender inequality and discrimination against women harms us all”.In 2020, we are certain that the PPP/C will return to office and we shall be able to return, reinstate and advance further the position and rights of women in our nation once again.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, MP;Priya Manickchand, MP;Gillian Burton-Persaud, MP;Pauline Sukhai, MP
Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, Dunne compared the two with famous Manchester United centre-backs of the past and claimed they can be more successful than the lot of them.Speaking exclusively to 888sport, he said: “They are very different to when you go back over the years to the centre-back pairings that United had. Vidic and Stam, Bruce and Pallister even.“They were tough tacklers whereas the two City have – who are the only two centre-backs that Pep has bought – are completely within his profile of ball-playing defenders.“They don’t seem to be in positions to need last-ditch tackles. Former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne believes the club’s current centre-back pairing of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte can become the greatest in Premier League history.The champions have conceded just four goals in their opening 11 league games, with Stones and Laporte establishing themselves as first-choice ahead of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi. REVEALED 2 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Stones and Laporte have kept things tight at the back for Man City Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED The Red Devils are leaking goals, conceding 18 in their opening 11 games, and it’s no secret Jose Mourinho is desperate for a world-class defender to tighten things up.Dunne added: “It’s not easy for United because when you look around the world there is not that many centre-backs playing at that top level who they can get from other clubs.“Since the days of Ferdinand and Vidic United have struggled to get a settled two and I’m sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones.“At the moment he has Lindelof and Smalling but they don’t inspire confidence throughout the team and as soon as that transfer window opens I’m sure they will be out looking for centre-backs again.”Read the full 888sport interview with Richard Dunne, including his thoughts on how Manchester United must reinvent themselves from the boardroom down to compete with City. no dice Latest Football News Dunne made 345 appearances for Man City 2 “Instead they read the game really well and obviously with the team they have ahead of them – and Fernandinho in particular – they are not under so much pressure.“This brings its own issue though because they need to concentrate all the time and remain switched on.”“The understanding that they’ve got could make this a long-standing partnership and certainly the most successful in Premier League history.”Dunne, however, was less complimentary about United’s options at centre-back.