Int’l agencies working with Human Services Ministry to focus on gender based programmes
Ms. Tanaka and Mr. Bynoe met with Hon. Persaud at her Lamaha Street office
Curtailing gender based violence, teenage pregnancy, poverty reduction among vulnerable groups and creating initiatives to
empower women were among the areas discussed by UN Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka and United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) Liaison Officer, Adler Bynoe during a courtesy call on the Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr. Vindhya
Persaud today, August 28, 2020.
Additionally, Ms. Tanaka informed the Minister that the United Nations is eager to launch and commence the implementation of
the Spotlight Initiative – a European Union/United Nations global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women
and girls. Guyana has been selected as one of six Caribbean countries to benefit.
The Guyana Spotlight programme will provide a unique opportunity for the Ministry and its international partners to address
family violence as a major public health and development issue with significant ramifications at the individual, community and
Five priority areas of intervention the Spotlight programme will be (i) Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; (ii) School based
Gender-Based Violence; (iii) Intimate Partner Violence; (iv) Incest/ early sexual initiation/ teen and pre-teen pregnancies;
(iv) forced sex by a family member or relative.