Many persons have taken to social media to speak out against domestic violence especially after one local politician was accused of assaulting his wife. PUP’s Standard Bearer for Dangriga, Dr Louis Zabaneh has joined the voices condemning family violence and took to his social media stating, quote, “Let us hold our women in highest regard. They are our mothers, our grandmothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our aunts, our cousins, and our friends. They carry the heaviest burdens in society to make us the best that we can be.” End of quote. Love News spoke with Dr Zabaneh on how a society can address the woes and consistent cases of domestic violence.
Dr.Louis Zabaneh, PUP Standard Bearer, Dangriga: “There should be major public awareness of this problem that many times is hidden. We know that it’s the case unfortunately that when women are battered that they stay quiet for a long time, they’re afraid because many times they might be threatened that if they say anything they will be beaten even more so men, young men, young boys must be aware of these things and it’s political season now but there has to be some space in the media, in the discussions we have that this is a grave problem in our country and we must unite to deal with it head on. We have to be supportive. Sisters and brothers must let their family, their female family know they’re there for them and that there’s a better life that they can achieve, that they have no obligation to stay in the home of a woman beater. They must be able to see that other people are out there who love them and who care for them and who will stand up for them. So we can’t all be sticking our heads in the sand, it is important that we speak up and that we show love to our women, that we show that we’re there for them. It’s very very important.”
The Belize Progressive Party also condemned domestic violence in their press conference today.
Will Maheia, Belize Progressive Party, Fort George: “We condemn violence totally but especially violence against women. Sometimes I wonder about this UDP crowd. It wasn’t too long ago when the man who want to be the next Prime Minister was about to be charged with violence against women. Then recently you hear another member of the UDP who wants to be in parliament, violence against women. I want to remind the COMPOL the Commissioner of Police Mr.Chester Williams that he is not an elected politician so I want to ask him to carry out on his promises. I remember the last incident not this one just a few days ago when he got up on the mic and said even if the women decide to withdraw their charges that the police still have a duty to press charges because a violent act has been committed. So I really want to appeal to Mr.Williams you are not running for office so just carry out the promises you made that when there’s violence especially against women that we must condemn it and those who commit the violence should be charged. I want to appeal to my PUP brothers and sisters, to the BPF and to all the independents out there to lets come together and condemn the violence against women. This is cray man, really crazy. We cannot continue to have grown men who want to represent the people, who want to be in parliament beating up on women. No we’re not going to stand for that and I want to say that we totally condemn that.”