The Belize National Teachers Union, BNTU, will demonstrate in Belmopan against the recent spike of crimes committed against women and children. We are told that the demonstration will occur next week. In a release, the BNTU calls on the Government to spare no resource to quote, “attack what seems to have become a very regular occurrence.” End of quote. The BNTU is also demanding that Government identifies and implements measures to ensure the safety and protection of women and children. The BNTU says its members are ready to take action to demonstrate their seriousness in making sure that measures are taken to keep women and children out of harm’s way. The subject of crimes committed against women and children in Belize was brought up during the Sitting of the House of Representative last Friday by Stann Creek West Area Representative, Rodwell Ferguson.
Rodwell Ferguson, Area Rep. Stann Creek
“There is a spike of crime against children I believe right now across the country of Belize. And as member of the National Assembly we are the highest ranking body in this country, I don’t hear any comments from anyone so I want to make it registered. We have children being raped, four years and under. I happened to meet the dad of the young child that got his three toes shot off, Mr. Mena is a cousin of the Dangriga representative and he shared his outrage. Just this morning on Love FM News another 4 year child was raped and is in a very critical condition. So I want to really sympathize with all the Belizean people and the families of those who got affected.”
The YWCA is also speaking out against the spike in crime against children. The Young Women’s Christian Association of Belize strongly condemns the recent incidents of physical and sexual violence, and abuse against children. The YWCA is calling on the Government, civil society, religious groups, private sector, and families to work together to strengthen the systems that safeguard children and provide an enabling environment for the prevention and reporting of crimes against a child.