• Issues Guyana : Come hear dis - Volume 1

    Cover Issues Guyana

    ISSUES Guyana Volume 1 . Published by the Institute of Gender Studies, The University of  Guyana

    Pauline E. Bullen, PhD - Editor

    From the Editorial Note

    “I grew up in a rape culture”. It was this bold statement about one person’s painful assessment of his reality at a meeting in Trinidad, that prompted the collaborations that produced, ISSUES GUYANA, where we say, “Come hear dis”, hear our stories, see the pain expressed in our art and understand how wounded our lives are as a result of sexual harassment, rape, incest and murder. The contributors to ISSUES all have stories that we wish we did not have to tell, but we know that the world won’t get any better if we just let things be! Complacency and silence will NOT keep any of us safe. So, this is more than simply “Storytelling”, it is a call to action – a call for an ousting of complacency and comfort, replacing it with the resolve and motivation to act - to do something.

    This publication, was first born in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. An educated man raped his sister’s daughter. The culture said that the niece was a ‘little wife’, not in sexual terms. That mother appealed to a small group of women, and I was one of them, to produce a magazine on rape, and “Issues – Pane Nyaya” (Issues: We have stories to tell) was born.

    With Issues Guyana, we want people in the Caribbean and internationally, to read, hear and understand that much of the fear, anger and violence crosses continents and is present everywhere in our global village. We take the stance that culture is not static and therefore requires that we change, shift perspectives, rethink and redefine what we see and label as “tradition” and/or “acceptable”. Jamaican born Sociologist, Cultural Theorist and Political activist, Stuart Hall wrote extensively about culture as something that is NOT static but ever changing – fluid and dynamic. He wrote that culture is produced with each generation, that we reproduce our own identities and that instead of thinking of culture as “a return to roots” instead we should think of culture as “routes — R-O-U-T-E-S — the various routes by which people travel (Paul, A., 2005)”. Culture travels, culture moves, culture develops, culture changes, cultures migrates and as socialized human beings we are capable of critically thinking and charting new routes to greater understanding, equity and social justice...."



    P. E. Bullen  Issues Guyana: Come Hear Dis 

    Audre Lorde The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

    Alim Hosein Guyanese Men Speaking out Against Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence 

    Lenox Shuman A culture of violence, or a product of society

    Neil Marks ‘Is why the man beat you this time’

    Peter Persaud Violence in society and what I have witnessed and learnt

    Dr Annamore Jamu ‘If you don’t report a rape… your body will!’

    Nikki Giovanni Poetry 

    Vidyaratha Kissoon ‘And he does beat woman… I thought you knew …’

    This is Us! 2016-2017 Statistics on rape and 7 forms of violence

    Michael E. Scott Hands of Violence

    Pauline E. Bullen  Michael Griffith Interview:  “Art allows me to say things that have to be said” 

    PAHO statistics and information

    Risk Factors for VAWG

    Sustainable Development Goal #5

    Raymond Talovera I Am From

    Nkofi Hodge “… Yes, I did grow up in a rape culture” 

    Renata Burnette – Broken System (an excerpt)

    Michael Khan    The Demise of Ms. Harshum

    Derwayne Wills Growing up in a Rape Culture and Why I Get Panic Attacks 

    What is Rape?  

    Michael McGarrell Domestic Violence must be dealt with by a team 

    Pauline E. Bullen Final Words

    Helpline Numbers

    The Editor and Contributors 

    Note: Consent was sought and approval given for publication by all contributors. There are no competing interests in the publication of this magazine.       

    Country (ies)
  • Profiles of the litigants in McEwan v Attorney General of Guyana

     On February 6, 2009, seven persons were arrested under the 1893 Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act section 153 (1) (xlvii) for being a man, and in any public way or public place and for any improper purpose, appearing in female attire, which is a summary offence.


    In 201o, four of the arrested persons--Quincy (Gulliver) McEwan, Seon (Angel) Clarke, Joseph (Peaches) Fraser and Seyon (Isabella) Persaud—and SASOD brought a constitutional claim that, among other things, the law was inconsistent with the Guyana Constitution 1980.

    On 12 November, 2018, : The Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that the cross-dressing laws are unconstitutional.



    Isabella (Seyon) Persaud


    Pheches (Joseph) Fraser (read more.)





    Gulliver (Quincy) McEwan (




    Angel (Seon) Clarke.. (read more.)

    Keywords : McEwanV592AG, Gulliver McEwan, Angel Clarke, Isabella Persaud, Pheches Fraser

    Country (ies)
  • Map of Caribbean organisations working on sexual justice

  • Attitudes towards homosexuals in Guyana

    This presentation was made by Mr Peter Wickham, Director of Caribbean Development Research Services on 19 July, 2013 in Georgetown, Guyana.

    The presentation is about research conducted in Guyana on the attitudes towards homosexuals. The presentation is shared with the Caribbean IRN for wide viewing. The full report and other materials are available at (CADRES) concluded a national survey across Guyana which examined the attitudes of Guyanese

    Generally this survey demonstrates that Guyanese are largely either tolerant or accepting of homosexuals, with the quantity of persons that could genuinely be described as "homophobic" amounting to approximately 25% of the population. Conversely this means that 58% of Guyanese are either "tolerant" or "accepting" of homosexuals, while 17% were undecided. It is also immediately noticeable that homophobia or alternatively tolerance of homosexuals correlates directly with age, sex, race and to a lesser extent religion, place of origin and education. As such, women, younger persons and Guyanese who were not born in Guyana tended to be more comfortable with homosexuals, while active-Evangelical Christians, Afro Guyanese and those who have been "less-well" educated tended to be more homophobic. Notwithstanding the largely positive stance of the vast majority of Guyanese toward homosexuals, it is also clear that fundamental misunderstandings exist among Guyanese regarding several basis facts about homosexuality and it is entirely possible that these misunderstandings could impact negatively on attitudes. Guyanese generally think that homosexuality is largely a male phenomenon and moreover that it is a "choice". These are two misunderstandings that carry substantial baggage. There is also a heavy religious overtone regarding the "proper" location of sexual orientation and sexual expression, along with the presumption that the religious teaching should continue to influence the State's agenda and treatment of homosexuals. With regard to discrimination (as manifested in violence) the survey demonstrates clearly that Guyanese do dislike the idea of violence against minorities and discrimination in all its manifestations. Moreover, Guyanese largely consider discrimination against homosexuals to be "wrong". At the same time; however Guyanese do not seem to think that homosexuals are currently being discriminated against, or that the state needs to provide special protection for them. Interestingly, there is strong support for the provision of special protections for Persons Living with AIDS (PLWA) and while some of these persons might be homosexual, there is no strong desire on the part of the population for specific protections for homosexuals against discrimination. The general Guyanese reaction to the legislative environment that relates to homosexuals is to say the least, conflicting. The full report can be downloaded at



    Keywords : survey, Guyana, Report , CADRES,

    Country (ies)