The Human Services and Social Security Ministry and the Guyana Police Force are working closely to ensure the full implementation of the Sexual Offences Act of 2010. Through a process of education, they intend to reduce the number of cases thrown out of the court due to the lack of evidence.
Hon. Ms. Priya Manickchand, MP - Colleague of the Cabinet; Mrs. Marianne Flach – Representative, UNICEF; Ms. Patrice La Fleur – Assistant Representative, UNFPA; Mr. Joseph Hamilton – Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health; Mrs. Lorene Baird – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security; Mr. Seelall Persaud – Commissioner of Police; Chairperson and Members of the National Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, Special Invitees, Members of the Media
In commemoration of World Day against Child Labour, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security yesterday hosted a forum where the strides made towards combating the social ill were highlighted. The session which was held at the Ministry’s building in Brickdam, Georgetown, was hosted by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Patrick Findlay, Senior Labour Officer Karen Van Sluytman-Corbin and other labour officers. The group discussed the implementation of systems towards combating child labour and focused on raising countrywide awareness.
The Men’s Affairs Bureau of the Labour, Human Services and Social Security Ministry will be hosting a programme on Saturday entitled, “Like Father, Like Son” in observance of Father’s Day 2014.
The event, slated to commence at 09:00h and conclude at 14:00h will be held at the Auditorium of St Stanislaus College, Brickdam, Georgetown. Administrator of the Men’s Affairs Bureau, Mr Diego Alphonso, is encouraging fathers and their sons (not confined to biological sons) to register with the Bureau for this activity. “Like Father, Like Son” caters for fathers and their sons from age five, upwards. This interactive programme will feature dramatic presentations and discussions, as well as indoor and outdoor activities that promote bonding between fathers and their sons.
Today, June 12, 2014, Guyana joins voices across the globe to call for the elimination of Child Labour, which is work that deprives children of their child hood.
While the statistics show a decline there are still 168 million children worldwide in child labour; 85 million of them are in hazardous work. Alarmingly, there are 13 million (8.8%)children in child labour in Latin America and theCaribbean
Today we join the rest of the world in observing World Day Against Child Labour under the theme ‘Extend Social Protection: Combat Child Labour’! This year’s theme draws attention to the role of social protection in keeping children out of the child labour market.
Social Protection of our children is a human right and makes sound economic and social sense. It enables our children access to education, health care and nutrition and plays a critical role in the fight against child labour. Giving social protection to our children helps to prevent the scourge of child labour by reducing economic vulnerability of families, enabling children to go to school and protecting them from exploitation. The Ministry of Labour re-affirms its commitment to combat all forms of child labour thus ensuring our children are given the opportunity to live healthy, happy and productive lives.
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