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Guyana

Latin America and the Caribbean

Women

Guyana ranks 115 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Children

Guyana has a Workplace Index score of 4.2, a Marketplace Index score of 5.2 and a Community and Environment Index score of 4.8 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though. 

Persons with Disabilities

Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the majority of the population of Guyana is of African (29.2 %), mixed heritage (19.9 %) and East Indian (39.9 %) descent, with Indo-Guyanese being the dominant group. The rest of the population is of European, Chinese or indigenous origin. The indigenous peoples are known as ‘Amerindians’ and comprise nine distinct groups, three in coastal areas, and six in the forest and savannah areas. The indigenous peoples include Arawaks, Wai Wai, Caribs, Akawaio, Arecuna, Patamona, Wapixana, Macushi and Warao.

Migrant Workers​

According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 1.9 % in the subregion Latin America and the Caribbean.

Persons in Armed Conflict

Guyana ranks 106 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch