In October 2010, 600 religious activists and leaders from 5 of the 10 Administrative Regions were trained on how to address domestic and sexual violence in their communities and amongst their membership. At its conclusion, fourteen religious bodies signed a joint communiqué with the Government of Guyana taking a zero tolerance/stand against domestic violence and pledging to partner with the social service and law enforcement agencies towards eradicating the factors which lead to this social phenomenon.
The bodies which signed on to the communiqué are the: Inter Religious Organization (IRO), Guyana Council of Churches (GCC), Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha GHDS), Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG), Roman Catholic Church, Guyana Evangelical Fellowship, Georgetown Ministries Fellowship, Guyana Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, the United Sadr Islamic Anjumaan, Guyana Maha Kali, Men Empowerment Network (MEN), Assemblies of God, New Testament Church of God and the Science of Spirituality.
Other trainings of religious and community leaders from selected communities which implement projects have been offered and conducted by non-governmental organizations. The content of the trainings addressed the nature and dynamics of violence against women/domestic violence, including topics such as types and forms of violence against women/domestic violence, entrapment, the cycle of violence, self-exploration and gender. Such trainings enabled these leaders to know how to better address the issue of violence against women amongst their congregations at the community levels. After the trainings, the religious leaders as volunteers committed themselves to addressing violence in the communities and to become more involved in conflict resolution within the family. Persons trained agreed to work closely with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security in its campaign against domestic violence.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Guyana to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; Update of to the response of Guyana to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011