Bassa Youth Congratulate Ambassador Weah

first_imgThe Gianda Youth Development Association (GIYODA) in Kpogbahn Statutory District No.4, Grand Bassa County has congratulated Ambassador George Manneh Weah for clinching  what they called ‘a volcanic victory’ over his contenders as senator-elect for Montserrado County with over 99,000 votes during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections in Monrovia.The president of GIYODA, William ‘Olu’ Diggs made the statement over the weekend, on behalf of his association in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in the district.According to Mr. Diggs, his association applauds Amb. Weah’s victory because of his leadership ability, knowing that the soccer icon will help to adequately steer the affairs of the country toward a better future.He prayed that God will bless Mr. Weah to succeed and achieve his vision, dream and aspiration for the presidency in the 2017 general and presidential elections.Mr. Weah deserves to be congratulated because according to Diggs, he is a sound leader who can ably represent and deliver the political goods that will transform the living standard of the people of Montserrado County.He pointed out that his association pledges its fullest support to vote Mr. Weah to victory because of his national and international experience.Diggs is requesting Mr. Weah to visit their district at his convenience because the people of the district are eager to hold discussions with him about burning issues mainly to pre-petition Amb. Weah for the presidency come 2017 general and presidential elections.‘’We are aware that you contested for the presidency twice and did not succeed, but with our strong prayer and massive support you will surely become a victor in 2017’’, the GIYODA president assured Mr. Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The “Life in Leggings” march for justice

first_img– a grassroots revolution in the makingBy Jarryl BryanThe “Life in Leggings” march is back. This time around, the event dubbed ‘A march for justice’ is expected to receive support from a number of Government and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) as organisers hope to challenge abuse in society.Scenes from the 2017 marchOne such organiser is social activist Akola Thompson, who related to this publication that the march is being organised by the Student Society against Human Rights Violations (SAHRV) in collaboration with the Life in Leggings: Caribbean Alliance against Gender-based Violence.It is understood that the March 10 march will begin at 15:00h at Square of the Revolution. The route heads down Brickdam and ends at Stabroek Market Square. A number of organisations have come together to support the march.According to Thompson, these organisations include Help & Shelter, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), ASPIRE Youth Network, Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA), the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), GuyBow, Guyana Trans United, ChildLink, Red Thread, and the Guyana Karate College.Activist Akola ThompsonIn addition, the President’s Youth Award Republic of Guyana and the University of Guyana Student Society will be involved. She further informed that RED Entertainment is currently assisting the SAHRV to coordinate the march.Thompson also addressed any misconceptions that may surround the march. Stressing that the march is not an exclusionist event but rather can benefit from the input of persons regardless of gender, she described it as making a political statement.“Not political in the sense of governmental politics, but political in the sense of challenging dominant ideas and narratives and mobilising to achieve our collective goals of safety, equality and justice,” Thompson clarified. “This year, our march is one against people in positions of trust and power whose acts constitute violence against women and children.”“When we speak about positions of trust, we are speaking about those teachers, pastors, family members who use their positions to sexually groom and violate. When we speak about those in positions of power, we’re speaking about the employers; we’re talking about the big politicians and their children who use their positions of power to send women to psychiatric institutions with no due process.”She also made it clear that marches against gender-based violence are not only for women. Thompson clarified that the men also have a role to play in coming and standing up in solidarity against injustices.“It’s not only women who are victims of [gender-based violence] GBV. We definitely are the targeted sex but GBV is not something that is specific to sex or gender. Our aim is a safer country for all Guyanese. We all have a part to play.”AdvancesSince last year’s march, a number of specific initiatives targeting GBV have been launched. This includes Women’s Wednesdays Guyana; a platform on social media where Thompson invites guests to address misconceptions about violence and harassment.Topics have ranged from preventing the sexual abuse of minors to effective family planning. Some, however, have questioned whether the programme is on a hiatus. According to Thompson, the programme is currently being revamped and she has high expectations for the programme’s future.“With regards to Women’s Wednesdays Guyana [WWG], I’m currently working out plans to make it more sustainable. It really started as a short experiment and was not meant to be long-term,” she said.“Seeing the overwhelming response and interest in it however, I realised that this was something I would need to continue because it was important. Our hope for WWG in five years’ time is for it to become an informational hub not only to Guyanese but across the Region.”In recent times a website, reportabuse.com was launched to receive reports from victims of abuse who may not want to directly approach the authorities. The website has a form that has to be filled with details such as the names of the victim and perpetrator, as well as the desired outcome.The information is reviewed by the site administrators and forwarded to the relevant authorities; the Child Care and Protection Agency if it is a minor and the Guyana Police Force if it is an adult, for action. According to Thompson, also one of the site’s facilitators, there are plans to add counselling services to the website.“With regards to the website, in five years it will be doing exactly what it is doing. That is, it will still be a reporting system platform where crimes of sexual violence can be reported and forwarded to the relevant agencies and support services through our various partners. In five years, it is the hope that we will have partners in every region to handle cases quickly and efficiently when reports come in.”last_img read more