Prime Minister pledges support to end domestic violence

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Prime Minister Mark Phillips

Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips has pledged to play a greater role in ending domestic violence in Guyana.

The senior government official made this promise while addressing the launch of the I CAN (Community Activism Network) initiative by the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security in the compound of the Parliament Building on Wednesday.

“Violence against women and girls has no place in the 21st century and no place in a developing Guyana. I take this opportunity to add my voice against violence against women and girls in our society,” he said.

The Prime Minister joined members of the diplomatic community, religious leaders, civil society representatives, and other ministers of government in signing a pledge to always stand up and speak out against domestic violence.

In her remarks, the Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, said that the pledge is a statement of unwavering commitment to the cause.

“It solidifies our dedication and commitment to a cause… we need to not be blind, we need to not be dismissive, we need to hear the repeated cries for help…we need to hold people accountable”.

Minister Persaud also committed to having over 2000 Police officers trained to deal with domestic violence reports within the next five months.

Government ministers, members of the diplomatic community, religious leaders, and civil society representatives have pledged support to end domestic violence

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