National Gender Policy 2024-2030 Promises Inclusivity

National Gender Policy 2024-2030 Promises Inclusivity

The revised National Gender Policy 2024-2030 promises to be all-inclusive, according to President of the National Women’s Commission (NWC), Thea Garcia Ramirez. NWC is tasked with coordination of the implementation of the National Gender Policy which aims at providing a framework for Belize leading to achieve advances in gender equality and equity through various programs. NWC, will strategically use a multi sectoral approach to integrate the need of all people in the Country. 

Thea Garcia – Ramirez, President, National Women’s Commission: “I think if you look at the policy, it’s very inclusive. It doesn’t exclude. It’s a fact that we have citizens that are members of the LGBTQ+ community that is just a fact. The government, I believe, and definitely the National Women’s Commission, does not believe in exclusion of anybody. The preamble to the Constitution. speaks to no discrimination based on anything. So if we want to be true to that preamble, we have to have a more inclusive and a more tolerant society. We include indigenous people. We include immigrants as well have rights, have human rights, children, you know so it’s very inclusive. It’s very inclusive because we all want to have the same rights. We all should have the same rights. I know that the Disabilities Act are undergoing consultations right now, for instance because we still have places in the country that have no access for people in wheelchairs or differently abled people. How is it that we can’t get into some financial institutions or into some government offices just because we’re in a wheelchair? That’s unacceptable in 2024. So I know some people want to zero into the policy on certain areas that are perhaps uncomfortable for them, but I’ll be honest with you change is uncomfortable for a lot of people because we’re setting our wings. But if it ensures that we live more peacefully with one another, I do think that we should be able to do that.”

Ramirez added that through the National Gender Policy, they hope to address the concern on paternal leave and social security benefits for men, sexual harassment on the street, and gender mainstreaming just to name a few.

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