It is not our culture Human Rights Culture in Guyana and the Caribbean
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The oringal slidecast can be seen at http://youtu.be/SMmdiPGrCgQ ...
The oringal slidecast can be seen at http://youtu.be/SMmdiPGrCgQ
This presentation was made on 7 June, 2013 at the Caribbean Studies Association conference in Grenada. Guyana and the rest of the English-Speaking Caribbean have a history
of violence and subjugation of human subjects. Independence provided opportunities for equality of all citizens. However, the ending of the 20th century saw increased activism on two human rights issues.
These issues are :-
i) the beating of children as a form of discipline
ii) discrimination against lesbian,gay , bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) citizens
The resistance to change in these issues has been 'it is our culture'.
The response to the international human rights obligations which call for change has been framed in ideas of nationhood and sovereignty; preservation of cultural values and resistance to cultural imperialism. This presentation examines the work which has been done to change the attitudes to these issues. This review will be done through examination of the strategies which are being used by
organisations and individuals who advocate on these rights.
The presentation is a work in progress towards identifying how the changes have been happening and identifying the opportunities for deeper activism to promote equality for children and equality for LGBT in the Caribbean.
Thanks to the IDEAS Forum for their initial feedback and to Roxroy Bollers for providing the shape files to use for the maps which were created using QGIS
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