National Women’s Commission Activates Gender-Based Violence Committees Nationwide
The National Women’s Commission has undertaken a countrywide tour with an aim to reassemble a gender-based violence committee in each district. Representatives of the commission were in Dangriga today to meet with stakeholders to activate the district committee. According to Owen Wade, Program Officer at the NWC, explained the objectives of the committees, and the need to have men participate.
Emil Wade, Program Officer, National Women’s Commission: “Our committee is basically trying to push out the National Gender Policy and Gender-Based Violence Action Plan. As you know, unfortunately, gender-based violence is one of the alarming things in Belize City that currently occurs over and over. And it’s very unfortunate that sometimes these people do not know where to go, how to reach out and what resources they have at their hands. Gender-based violence is supposed to show that both men and women can be abused, whether it be physically, whether it be emotionally, whether it be verbally, whether it be sexually all these types of abuse really has a detrimental effect on the mental health of the people here in Belize and we’re very concerned that a lot of times these things go pushed aside or the proper resources are not there for these people and so they feel they have no way out and have to endure these situations. We’re trying to prove that is not the case and that we have the right people who will come together and provide the necessary help. We will be divulging and breaking down what the national gender policy is expected of us and having a brief overview of the gender-based violence action plan. It’s very important that you be your sister’s and brother’s keeper. We are one country here in Belize and we want people to understand that gender-based violence does exist.”
Among the participants at today’s meeting, were representatives from the Department of Youth Services, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Belize Police Department. The meeting was held at the Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga.