MTJAW – Nicole Cole

The best thing about being a woman in Guyana is that she can access higher Education if she so desires whilst the hardest thing about being a Guyanese Woman is that all the Progressive Laws geared towards protecting women appear to be impotent; women continue to die at alarming rates while all the “progressive laws” remain effective on ‘paper only’. – Nicole Cole

Editor’s Note – Nicole Cole is a fiery spirit who is not afraid to tell the truth and to fight for it. The following is a summary of Nicole’s responses to a series of questions asked by the More Than Just a Woman Campaign. It is not to be reproduced in part or whole without permission from the Lady Magazine & NGO.

Nicole Cole

Nicole Cole

“I am a BONA FIDE Mother, Scholar, Clinical Social Work Practitioner, Constitutional Commissioner, and Humanitarian! I work to alleviate the suffering of Humanity. My Clinical Practice of Social Work saw the introduction of ‘Play and Art’ Therapies as an alternative Therapy to alleviate Depression in Persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (21 participants successfully completed the Therapeutic Course). My ‘Art Therapy’ Project was supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Guyana Red Cross Society, Burrowes School of Art, and Ministry of Health.

To be a Woman means that you’ll have possess Grit, Guts, and Gumption and more so being a Guyanese Woman means you’ll have to persevere and avoid pitfalls that can ensnare you such as Teenage Pregnancy, Contracting a deadly STI, Domestic Violence and Illiteracy.

The best thing about being a woman in Guyana is that she can access higher Education if she so desires whilst the hardest thing about being a Guyanese Woman is that all the Progressive Laws geared towards protecting women appear to be impotent; women continue to die at alarming rates while all the “progressive laws” remain effective on ‘paper only’.

If there’s one thing I could change currently in the lives of Guyanese Women it would be the scourge of Gender Based Violence especially Sexual Violence. Rape has had the lowest conviction rate for over a decade now hence my desire to assist in curbing Guyana’s burgeoning Rape Culture!”

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