Forum Targets Gender Violence: Minister Musa Addresses Domestic Abuse Impact

Forum Targets Gender Violence: Minister Musa Addresses Domestic Abuse Impact

Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa commented earlier today that, “the major effects of domestic abuse are shown on people’s overall health and wellness. Because it results in physical harm, anxiety, and depression …. it deteriorates social skills and raises the risk that they’ll engage in health-harming behaviors like substance addiction or self-harm.”  His comments were delivered today at a gender-based and domestic violence forum under the InfoSegura Regional Project.  It is a forum aimed at addressing the alarming rise of gender-based violence especially among women and girls through a shared and unified approach.  According to InfoSegura data, in Central America and the Dominican Republic, 9 out of 10 victims of sexual crimes are women and girls who face a greater risk of sexual violence and other types of violence in private as well as public spaces, such as in transportation and the workplace.  Based on statistical findings, it is the hope of every stakeholder in this forum, to unite the different sectors and institutions to expand coordination and advocacy ensuring gender is incorporated into citizen security policies and actions.  Today’s forum was implemented through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in alliance with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy.  In a joint release from the partners, they noted that such a forum highlights the services and resources available to women and girls, youth, and persons exposed to violence in Belize.  The forum included participants from the United Nations Population Fund, the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Magistracy, the Forensics Department, the Belize Police Department, and support groups including victims of domestic violence.

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