The Millennium Development Goals in Guyana

Sample Image The Millennium Development Goal 3


  • Guyana has made good progress in the area of gender equality and has achieved gender parity.
  • Passed the Domestic Violence Act 1996 and Sexual violence Act 2010

Main Areas:

  • UNFPA supports programmes against Gender based violence, sexual violence and women’s empowerment to enable women to protect themselves.
  • Collaborates with the Ministry of Human Services (Women’s and Men’s Affairs Bureaux to implement programmes focusing on Gender Based Violence reduction among women and men.
  • Teenage girls benefit from an innovative programme to reduce unplanned pregnancies and to help them return to school and continue their education. We know that enabling adolescent girls to delay pregnancy, ending discrimination against pregnant girls, and providing support to young mothers can help ensure that girls complete their education. Educated mothers can improve prospects for the whole family, thus helping to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Girls' secondary education provides high payoffs for poverty reduction, gender equality, labour force participation and reproductive health, including HIV prevention and women's and children's health and education status overall.
  • UNFPA also supports Working with men and boys to change their traditional norms and values in the context of the power relations as well as their attitudes towards violence/ sexual violence. Some target groups include Footballers, barbers, Men in some Religious organizations and Prisoners
  • UNFPA works with Help and Shelter to support Private Sector Partnerships and reach women and men in Work Places with information.
  • UNFPA has established a Youth Advisory Group to be a voice and articulate adolescent and youth needs within the country; This group also reaches out to young women and young men in the context of understanding gender equality and gender socialization and do so through a variety of means such as outreach, satellite tables at places where young people congregate

Main challenges:

  • Reaching more men
  • Changing the traditional norms and values of both men and women