Belize is one of six countries to have received funding to aid in the eradication of family violence. The money comes under the program, Spotlight Initiative Regional Program Caribbean through CARICOM. The program is so named as it is intended to bring focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in keeping with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The global Spotlight initiative is supported by an initial investment of Euros $500 million, with the European Union as the main contributor. With $50 million of the 500 million Euros to be spent in the Caribbean to eradicate family violence, six countries have already received Spotlight funding to carry out national programs and projects over the next three years namely, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. It is being implemented in partnership with the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and other partners and was launched in a virtual signing ceremony on Tuesday, September 22. The news of the fund comes on the heels of a domestic disturbance involving a local politician, Shyne Barrow that has garnered public outrage. Barrow is not the only politician caught in such a scandal. Back in 2014, Minister Patrick Faber was in a similar situation when allegations surfaced of him assaulting a woman in his home; that report too was later withdrawn by the complainant.
Belize is one of six countries to have received funding to aid in the eradication of family violence. The money comes under the program,