Recognizing that many organizations may want to be moreinvolved, the National Women’s Commission adapted this resource packetspecifically for use during 16 Days of Activism Campaign aiming to raiseawareness about 16 Days of Activism and efforts to combat GBV. Additionally, ithopes that ideas found in the Resource Package will help with the advocacy forthe elimination of all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in public andprivate spheres through a united voice.
This resource packet includes easy-to-use resources to allow everyone to participate in this international movement for the elimination of Gender Based Violence. Its use is welcomed and encourage, and it is our sincere hope is that this resource packet helps to support our partners and stakeholders – government,non-government, and private sector to join in the observance of the 16 Days of Activism Observance. We encourage the distribution of the resource packet asyou see fit. The resource packet includes suggested activities on how to get involved. A full Calendar of Activities will also be developed with activitiesbeing organized throughout the country and shared nationally closer to November25.
National Gender-Based Violence Action Plan: A Multi-sectoral Plan to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence in Belize 2017 - 2020
“Effective coordination of a multi-sectoral GBV response in Belize based on an approach of human rights, gender justice and zero tolerance where women, men, girls and boys live free of all forms of gender violence.”
The Revised National Gender Policy is more than a document which articulates government’s commitments. It should also lead to real changes in the lives of women and men, girls and boys.
Gender equality and equity mean that women will gain the right to equal pay and employment opportunities; freedom from domestic and sexual violence; a real voice in politics and much more. Meeting the objectives of the Policy will finally recognize women as full partners in Belize’s development.
This Belize CGA is an update of the 2011 assessment commissioned by CDB, which has been prepared based on public policy documents, available statistics, and interviews and focus group discussions with technical experts in Belize, to assist in the planning, development and implementation of gender-responsive interventions to promote poverty reduction and economic growth.
Recognizing the lack of progress in achieving gender balance in Belize’s decision making bodies led the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-°©‐Belize) and the National Women’s Commission to launch a collaborative initiative to update and expand the analysis of gender and politics in Belize and develop a renewed advocacy strategy informed by this analysis. This report documents the first stage in that process.
Sexual violence is still taboo in Belize. Its existence is often denied and its impacts are often ignored. The Women’s Department remains committed to championing the fight against sexual violence in Belize through the enforcement of laws and policies, education on social justices and provision of support services.
In 2001, the NWC undertook its first situation analysis of gender issues in Belize. The situation analysis was used to develop Belize’s National Gender Policy (2002). To ensure that the provisions of the Policy remain relevant, this situational analysis of gender issues was commissioned in 2009. It is expected that this 2009 situation analysis will not only outline the current situation but also to contribute to the updating of Belize’s National Gender Policy (2002).
Women in the Caribbean have made incremental gains towards the achievement of gender equity, particularly since the first UN Decade for Women. This has taken place in the areas of legislation, social policy, labour market participation and increased access to public resources such as secondary and tertiary education and health care. however, there are continuing challenges to the full attainment of the goal of gender equity... In addition, there are new threats to the wellbeing of Caribbean men and women and children, chief among these the rising incidence of crime and violence, the unrelenting spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the impact of natural disasters.
Belize is signatory to a number of international commitments in regards to the elimination of gender-based violence. This plan has been developed with these commitments in mind. The aim is to ensure that over the next five years Belize moves towards the goals and objectives of the leading documents in these areas, namely the Millennium Development Goals, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, the Outcomes Document, the Commonwealth Plan of Action and the CARICOM Regional Plan of Action.
An agenda forwomen’s empowerment, that looks at strategies for women’s empowerment andadvancement including the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion andbelief, therefore contributing to the moral, ethical, spiritual andintellectual needs of women and men, individually or in community with othersand guaranteeing them the possibility of realizing their full potential insociety and shaping their lives in accordance with their own aspirations.