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Dec 1, 2017

Women can do anything – even govern!

“Women Can Govern” – it’s not only a statement of fact, but now it is also a book. Building People Movement has published a book that looks at the development of Belizean Women in Politics; it includes biographies of elected and nominated women to political office. Financed through the Canada Fund, the book comes with a CD that will be distributed among high schools, free of cost.  The idea is that it will inspire young Belizeans to offer themselves for leadership position in and outside of politics.  Dorla Bowman and Jacklyn Burns tell us more.

 

Dorla Bowman, President, Belize Women Political Caucus

Dorla Bowman

“We are hoping it will be an educational tool. This is definitely an effort to write women in history. Our history books do not reflect all the contributions women have done. Specifically, this book focuses on women who have been elected to the House of Representative, as mayors and deputy mayors. But the push here is to get more women to think about political careers; think about politics and politicians as careers because we need more women decision makers, policy makers at national and municipal levels. We have been focusing though on the younger generation. This book is dedicated to our Belizean youths. I would hope that you take away the fact that women have governed; women can govern. Women have done a lot of development work to move Belize forward. You will see multiple women from different districts; different backgrounds who served our country and that that this would encourage you and other people to get involved and serve or offer yourself to run for political office or just to speak up and take action.”

 

Jacklyn Burns

Jacklyn Burns, Councillor, Belmopan

“This is something that, perhaps, encourage young people, young women, to want to get involved in leadership; not only political leadership but in whatever  post they hold and make them know that there are others who have done so and they can become a part and get involved with what is going on in our country. I think a lot of women hesitate to get involved in politics because of who will look after their kids and the role of a mother is so important. But for my kids, I tell them what leadership is; I ask them to get involved and I discuss it with them and ask for their support and so they become curious about politics to say the least and they want to follow what is going on in our country. I think it is a good way to encourage our young people and engage them in leadership as well.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Why is it important, to you, that women get involved in politics; what kind of difference do they make in their political contributions?”

 

Jacklyn Burns

“Women lead with heart and I think this comes partnered with conscience. So, when it comes to making decisions we have some kinda forethought in terms of how will this affect the public, how will this affect our community; the decisions that we make today are we doing this in the best interest of our country?  And so while I am not knocking men to say that they don’t think this way, I know that women have a lot in terms of looking how we do the things we do and why we do them and looking at how it will affect each and every individual. So, we are considerate, I think and this is one of the reasons I would push for more women in politics alongside the men. In the families, it is a unit where a man and a woman is usually partnered and I want to see that in government as well.”

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