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Dec 2, 2016

Dancing in the streets for 16 Days of Activism

A flash mob –or the semblance of one – cut off traffic on Albert Street today for a couple of minutes. Drivers and pedestrian were treated to a group dancing in the street – but it was a dance with a message. The flash mob is a part of the U.S. Embassy’s activities for the Sixteen Days of Activism. They say it is about creating awareness. The dancers, including Kim Simplis Barrow and her daughter, joined in the fun today spreading the message about gender-based violence and why it should end. B.D.F. soldiers were bearing posters helping to share the message with drivers and pedestrians in downtown Belize City. News Five was there and we spoke with U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno – who showed us his moves as even he got down to some Soca on Albert Street. Here’s how that went.

 

Carlos Moreno, US Ambassador to Belize

Carlos Moreno

“This fits in perfectly with the Embassy’s campaign and the country’s campaign, co-led by the country’s first lady, to really commemorate but to also highlight the campaign against 16 Days against gender-based violence. We thought we would have a little fun today, dancing. I felt like dancing with the stars, but I certainly wasn’t one of the stars. But, we really have to bring awareness to this particular issue that really crosses across all ethnic groups, nationalities, and countries; it is a worldwide issue. So, if there is anything we can do – the Embassy and the First Lady – to really highlight this issue. I think it is something that really has to be done. So, with today’s effort by stopping traffic if you will by dancing crazily in the streets, that we have certainly taken one step in that direction.”

 

Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women & Children

“I was invited by the Embassy to participate and I thought it was a great way to create awareness. And of course, here I am doing some dance that I have never done before and I realize that I have to get back to the gym.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“At the end of the day, what do you hope Belizeans will take away from these creative approaches that you guys have taken?”

 

Carlos Moreno

“That gender equality is basically a human right and violence against (mostly) women should cease and desist. And that those who continue to perpetrate that kind of violence against women, who, I determine are or call survivors, not so much victims. I think women are now speaking out and that is what we are trying to assist and doing that here today. So, hopefully, everything starts with awareness. Hopefully, people will start taking this issue seriously and the whole endemic of gender-based violence and domestic violence will stop.”

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