Participants at a â€˜Forum for Menâ€™ last Thursday were urged to aggressively pursue initiatives that will stamp out gender-based violence in the Guyanese society.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Trevor Thomas said that â€œOur challenge is not to passively condemn but to aggressively pursue initiatives that can positively respond and stamp out gender-based violence in our society.â€?
As part of the observation of â€œNational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Womenâ€? the ministry and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) held a â€˜Forum for Menâ€™ last Thursday which was aimed at giving men the opportunity to do â€œsome serious introspection,â€? the Government Infor-mation Agency (GINA) reported.
Thomas pointed out that, â€œGender-based violence is real and men need to do something about itâ€¦ most men condemn domestic violence but we cannot any longer allow condemnation to be just a personal viewâ€¦ I would like to see some form of resolution that does not merely articulate our condemnation of violence but one that can form a catalyst for the way forward that we as men can aggressively respond to domestic violence.â€?
The ministry has been conducting consultations throughout the country and working with institutions and groups to see how domestic violence can be eradicated from society.