Over 300 Strong Walk for Equality to End All Violence in Guyana

Over 300 persons from all walks of life took part in the Walk for Equality on Sunday, February 9, to say “No to violence”. Despite heavy rain at the start of the event, people came from as far away as New Amsterdam, Moraikabai, Linden and Parika. There was an impressive turnout from the Catholic and Anglican churches, youth groups, and members of the diplomatic corps. Participants included His Lordship Bishop Alleyne, OSB, leader of the Alliance For Change, Khemraj Ramjattan, MP, and Stabroek News’ columnist, Iana Seales.

Civil Society Experts Urge More Men to Help End Gender-Based Violence

Civil society experts are calling for more men to become involved in the response to the escalating pandemic of gender-based violence in Guyana. The call was made at a film screening and panel discussion hosted by the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), and its partners, on Monday, November 25, 2013 in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Georgetown Chamber to Launch Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Workplace Policy

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is partnering with the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) to develop and launch a comprehensive anti-discrimination workplace policy which includes sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds. GCCI President, Mr. Clinton Urling, made this announcement in his opening remarks at a seminar, on “Business and Human Rights: Tackling Workplace Discrimination” on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Hotel Pegasus Guyana, hosted by GCCI in collaboration with SASOD.

Abolish Corporal Punishment in Guyana – SASOD tells parliamentary committee on Universal Children's Day

On Universal Children’s Day, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) made oral presentations and responded to questions based on its February 2013 written submission to the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Guyana’s Commitment to the United Nations Human Rights Council to abolish corporal punishment.

Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference

The first Caribbean Woman and Sexual Diversity Conference saw 35 women from 14 countries coming together to share, learn and build lifelong connections and friendships. Partnerships may have also come out of this; I know love did.This strengthening activity was made possible because of effective coordination of the organisers: St. Lucian human rights organisation United and Strong Inc (U&S) and from Curacao, Fundashon Orguyo Korsou/Curacao Pride Foundation (FOKO). The theme was: “Strengthening the invisible woman and empowering her to leadership.”

Constitutional Court Rules Cross-Dressing is Not a Crime if Not for “Improper Purpose” - Rights Groups Plan Appeal on Dubious Decision

On Friday afternoon, September 6, 2013, the Honourable Chief Justice (Ag.), Mr. Ian Chang delivered his judgment in Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke, Joseph Fraser, Seyon Persaud and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) vs. Attorney General of Guyana. Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) provision makes a criminal offence of a man wearing female attire, and a woman wearing male attire, publicly, for any improper purpose. The Chief Justice said that cross-dressing in a public place is an offence only if it is done for an improper purpose.