The People’s United Party (PUP) launched their Family and Women Agenda for Belize on Saturday night via the party’s Facebook page. According to the PUP the agenda was developed on four main pillars with seven primary objectives including access to proper healthcare, economic opportunities, affordable land and housing, gender equality and equity as well as the end to discrimination against women and girls. One of the presenters for the PUP was the President of the United Women’s Group, Erica Jang.
Erica Jang, President, People’s United Party Women’s Group: “Party leader I want you to know that we believe that women’s rights are human rights. This is why we support universal health insurance for all because it means more women will be enrolled in the NHI program. We also believe strongly that not enough has been done by the UDP to create economic opportunities for women in Belize and so we call on you and our party to commit today to the empowerment of women so that special consideration can be given to creating more economic powers for women. We want more women working so we want more jobs and we expect to be paid the same as men do and our women will no longer accept anything less than $5 an hour minimum wage. The time has come for the full participation of women in science and technology and we want more women in the board room and the Cabinet. And yes we want you to ensure that our right to feel safe and to have a say in how families are run in this country is not only enhanced but vigorously pursued. We believe these things fit perfectly into the national strategy for building strong productive Belizean families. We also believe that after thirteen years of UDP neglect the next PUP government must act swiftly and decisively to ensure that women and girls are afforded equal rights in our nation. It is with this in mind and fully supportive of your intention to build a Belize that works for everyone.”
Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa, a longtime advocate for women’s rights and equality also presented on Saturday night, reiterating his support for this plan especially for the girls and women in his division.
Hon. Kareem Musa, Caribbean Shores Area Representative: “Three key areas of the seven point plan that I will advocate for in Caribbean Shores are: Creation of job opportunities for women, increased access to land and housing for women. Promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Also the PUP is putting forward a bold PlanBelize to place the family at the center of its vision, strategy and action. It is not everyday that we hear a political party focusing on the family as the basis of our national development. This is the kind of plan that I will work tirelessly to fulfill because everybody fi win. Todos ganamos. It is time to rise.”
Among the other plans presented by the PUP was the party’s intention to place more emphasis on the importance of Family in the Belize.
Hon. John Briceno, Opposition Leader, People’s United Party: “Now I believe we all agree that the family is the most important institution in a society. If Belize is to develop as a strong and robust nation we need to ensure our families are the center piece of this effort. As the family goes so goes the nation, I be lieve this is an adage that proves so true in the Belizean context. We’re all aware of the erosion of our families for varied reasons in our communities. Many studies have indicated that if the family structure is weak the social fabric is also disintegrated. When this happens our values are broken and our children and youth go about rudderless. Andre, what do you think ? Do you agree with this statement ?
Andre Perez, Standard Bearer, Belize Rural South: “I couldn’t agree any more clearer with what you’re saying party leader and I’d like to use that term that Senator Dolores Balderamos mentioned “focus on the family” I like that term very much and that highlights that so if we do not maintain a focus on the family it will affect the entire nation if it begins to erode. We have to maintain as a political party we need to shift our focus on the aim of preserving that family structure and we must go in there and these places where it’s much more needed and indeed with this pandemic it is laying out more bare for us to see that it’s affecting our family as well not only financially but socially as well as the stress that it’s causing on us right now it is affecting the family as well so we have to shift. We must remain realizing that the structure of the family is important and whatever we do in the future decision we have to take the family in consideration.”
To date the PUP has presented their manifesto on the agriculture, health and education sectors. For an electronic copy of the plan you can visit planbelize.bz.