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Passing the baton

Over the years, Cynthia Ellis-Topsey, Founder and Director of Belize Rural Women’s Association, has been involved in shaping and developing women leaders in Belize.  As a result, her organization has assisted in establishing several women’s organizations including the Sandy Beach Women’s Cooperative in Hopkins and the Blackman Women’s Cooperative. Today, the Women’s Department invited Ellis-Topsey to share her knowledge with women from various rural communities in order to help them develop their leadership skills.  Ellis-Topsey told Love News that today was all about passing the baton to the next generation.

Cynthia Ellis-Topsey – Founder, Belize Rural Women’s Association: “Today is a part of a flow that I have been in over some years now which is to hand over this legacy of taking responsibility and ownership for our country to the younger generation but in order to hand over to the younger generation, we as women leaders need to be clear about where we have come from and where we are in order to know where we are going so I was invited by the Women’s Department for the first time in the history of doing this organizational work, for the first time to share some of the experiences of organizations and organizing with women, basically sharing what happened; the lessons that were learned, the association, the organizations we develop, some of the challenges we experience and then based on that the groups and the women leaders will consider developing a network.”

Ellis-Topsey said that she will speak with another group of women in Punta Gorda next week.