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Since President Granger’s election, Guyana has begun moving in the right direction after 23 years of a PPP government.
Under the President’s guidance, the coalition government has built and maintained record amounts of infrastructure, cracked down on crime, improved the standards in our schools and hospitals, and cleaned the streets of our capital.  Finally, unity is bringing people together.
Although progress has been made, real change takes time.  There is still a lot more to do.
Together, let’s keep moving forward.  Vote President Granger and the APNU+AFC at the next election to gives us the time to secure a better future for Guyana.

 
Since coming to office, David Granger and his APNU+AFC Coalition have been delivering on their plan to provide for all Guyanese women.
 
President David Granger and his team are committed to making Guyana a better and safer place for all women. Ensuring more women have equal opportunity to pursue jobs, can walk our streets in safety, and have a government that helps guarantee a better future.
 
Under the dishonest PPP, Guyanese women were not given equal opportunities, both unable to find jobs and be protected by the law. Instead the PPP focused on the narco-state which brought nothing but crime, violence and instability that put our women at risk.
 
Under David Granger’s leadership, we have come a long way and we are giving our young women a much brighter future. This is only the first step, there is still more to do to ensure that our women are given the opportunities to make their own choices and are given a better quality of life. 
 
Talking Points:
 
The APNU+AFC coalition, under the leadership of President David Granger, has been improving the lives of all Guyanese women. We have made sure that they have more job opportunities, access to better quality public services, and an overall higher standard of living.
 
President Granger understands that education remains at the core of any prosperous society. As part of our plan, we have been making sure that education is available to all women, with greater emphasis on encouraging women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
 
 
We know that economic empowerment is key to a better standard of living and therefore continue to support more female entrepreneurs. Through the Small Business Bureau and the Women of Worth initiatives, there has been an increasing number of women receiving funding and grants to help them grow their businesses, including in agriculture, agro-processing, cosmetology, event planning, jewellery design and manufacturing.
 
We have also done more to make sure women and girls can walk the streets in safety.
Overall, the coalition government has been cracking down on serious crime, with a 30% fall on reported felonies such as murders, robberies and sexual assaults. The introduction of the first sexual offences court has helped improve conviction rates by 50%, with 44 trials and 13 acquittals since the first court was opened in Georgetown in 2017.
 
The introduction of a 911 call system has improved our response times to domestic violence. We have given greater resources to tackle domestic and sexual violence, such as the establishment of a new taskforce to help vulnerable women leave an abusive relationship, and the construction of new women’s shelters.
 
We have paid particular attention on improving the provision of healthcare for women. Additional health centres with specialist wards help guarantee a better standard of care. As a result, we have been able to improve treatment, particularly for mothers in rural and hinterland communities. A new vaccination programme against HPV has been initiated nationwide to prevent cervical cancer.
 
Under the previous PPP government, Guyanese women faced a dismal future: no support in education, high rates of sexual assault, and a lack of essential health services. Our girls saw an uncertain future ahead of them.
 
The APNU+AFC under President Granger knows that a diversity of opinion is needed when addressing the country’s issues. That is why we have appointed more women into senior political positions. Currently, 40% of all ministerial posts are now held by women, with the 2nd most important member of government-held by Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams. Our government knows that all of Guyana must be represented in decision-making if we are to truly provide for our citizens.
 
23 years of PPP government left our country in ruin, with little opportunities for women to succeed. Dishonest Irfaan Ali and the PPP used their time in power to fill their own pockets, starving public services of essential funding.
 
The PPP government failed to enhance law and order in society as the morale of the enforcement agencies were weakened, while dishonesty, blue-collar crimes and political interference was the order of the day. Women were fearful of reporting all forms of domestic violence because of the lack of support and the government’s indifference towards this issue.  

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The APNU+AFC has made a great start, but this is just the first step. There is still more to do to ensure our women are given the opportunities they need to reach their full potential of securing a higher-paying job, better public services, and safer communities.

Only by continuing to follow this plan will we be able to guarantee a better future for all Guyanese

Together, let’s keep moving forward.  Vote President Granger and the APNU+AFC at the next election to give them more time to secure a better future for Guyana.
Please use track record points below to support talking points:

Our record of achievement

Economy & Jobs

·         The government has supported women to establish their own businesses through access to loans and grants, through the Women of Worth (WOW); and People of Worth Entrepreneurial Resources (POWER) initiatives. Under our government, there is a continued emphasis on helping entrepreneurs gain access to finance, with the establishment of the $100M Revolving Fund, and the expansion of the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN); Micro and Small-Enterprises Development (MSED); and Sustainable Livelihoods and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) programmes.[2]
Education

·         Helping teenage mothers back into education.

1)   The National Policy for the Reintegration of Adolescent Mothers into the Formal School System aims to help teenage mothers back into school while receiving support at home and from their communities. It includes the availability of free daycare and counselling.

2)   So far 225 mothers have now been formally reintegrated back into education, in both mainstream schools and vocational colleges.

3)   In July 2019, 80 adolescent mothers graduated from the Carnegie School of Home Economics having benefitted from courses in cosmetology, cooking, and vocational skills that will help them find well-paying jobs to support themselves and their families.
Women have been appointed to 40% of cabinet positions – double the global average – as well as to state boards and constitutional commissions in significant numbers.

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4) Initiated a Gender and Social Inclusion Policy, which aims to tackle negative economic, cultural and social practices that hamper equality. 
More girls studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Initiated a three year #GyGirlPower campaign was funded by €30M from European Union to encourage girls to study STEM subjects.

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Over 50 new schools constructed, rehabilitated and expanded to make sure our children get the possible education opportunities, providing thousands of additional school places for our children.

Crime

5) Reduced serious crime by 30%, including sexual assaults. The introduction of special task forces and other initiatives has helped to reduce serious crime from 3,688 reported incidents in 2014 to 2,681 reported incidents in 2018, a fall of 27.3%.
New Emergency 911 call system has enhanced the police force’s response to domestic

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Violence.

6) Launched new taskforce to provide support for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.  The new Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit is helping to provide social workers with the necessary skills and tools to respond early to domestic violence.

7) New women’s shelters opened to help those who have suffered from domestic abuse. New shelters have been built, such as in Linden, to give vulnerable women and children refuge from violent homes.

·         Introduced the first sexual offences courts to improve conviction rates.

8) The coalition government opened the first sexual offences courts in Georgetown in 2017, the court has brought to 44 cases to trial and made 31 convictions.  Sentences for those convicted ranged from nine years to life. A new court opened this year in Suddie to help serve the victims in Essequibo and Region Two in 2019.[8]
9)  UNICEF said since the establishment of the court, the conviction rate has moved from 10% to 60%.

o   The specialised court has a main courtroom, that will house the defence counsel, prosecutors and jurors. It has a closed-circuit system that will allow victims to give evidence without having to sit face-to-face with their perpetrators.

10)     This government helped secured $1B (€4.5M) in funding to tackle violence against women and girls. Guyana will soon be the beneficiary of $1B (€ 4.5 million) under the “Spotlight Initiative”, a joint European Union and United Nations partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide.

Healthcare

11) Launched a national programme to immunise girls against HPV and reduce cervical cancer rates.
Making it a priority to improve the level of maternal and child medical care.

12) More maternal care wards have been constructed or rehabilitated across the country, including the obstetric unit at the ‘CC’ Nicholson Hospital (Region Four); a $50M upgrade to the maternity unit at GPHC (Georgetown); and rehabilitation of Leonora Hospital’s (Region Three) maternity unit.
 13) A new neo-natal unit at Bartica Regional Hospital (Region Seven).
Construction of maternal waiting rooms for our rural and hinterland mothers so they can access modern medical care, including at Public Hospital Suddie (Region Two), Long Creek Maternal Waiting Home (Region Four), Lethem (Region Nine), and Amerindian Hostel (Region Four).

14) Reducing incidents of maternal deaths in our rural communities. The level of reported maternal deaths in Barima-Waini has been reduced by 50% in 2017-2018.

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15) Increased vaccine coverage to help protect children from preventable diseases, with polio, tuberculosis and tetanus vaccinations all now above 98%.

The PPP’s record:

High rates of sexual assaults as crime spiralled out of control.  Our women and girls were afraid to walk the streets due to poor police presences, lack of streetlights, and low conviction rates for rape. The numbers of reported sexual assaults rose to 41.76 per 100,000 in 2014. There were 230 reports of rape in 2015 at the end of the PPP government, with only 36 accused being charged with the crime.

Female entrepreneurship scheme was allowed to go bankrupt.  Under the previous government, the Women of Worth scheme was allowed to go bankrupt preventing our female entrepreneurs from accessing vital funding.

High rates of teenage pregnancies and no support to help them back into education. Guyana recorded 102 pregnancies by girls under 15 years and 3,712 by girls between 15 and 19 years old. However, only 29 re-entered schools between 2013 and 2016.

Cervical cancer rates rose under the PPP. There was a high rate of the human papillomavirus (HPV) illness leading to a high incidence of cervical cancer – 46.9 per 100,000 people – due to inaction under the previous government.

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