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Mar 8, 2011

M.O.U. signed to increase political empowerment of women

Beverly Small won an award today for her work in her community but when it comes to the political process, as a country, women are far behind. Over the past twenty-five years the number of women who have held ministerial posts has only been six; a figure which pales in comparison to the number of men in leadership positions. Since the induction of a new executive to the National Women’s Commission in mid-December of 2009, several initiatives have been taken to actively engage women in politics but we are still considerably behind in achieving that objective under the framework of the Millennium Development Goals. This afternoon the United Nations Development Program and the N.W.C. signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the political empowerment of women in Belize.

Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director, N.W.C.

Ann-Marie Williams

“U.N.D.P. has decided, because we have mutual interest to move the conversation of women’s political participation ahead, to expand the situation analyses of the book.  Look at exactly what’s going on the ground with gender and politics and women in political leadership.  There’s not any huge research that will be done.  It will be done particularly via focus groups but we’ll be getting comprehensive analyses of why women don’t enter politics [and] what can be done because a lot of times we hear from people but we don’t really put the things or the recommendations into action.”

Francisco Roquette

Francisco Roquette, Asst. Resident Representative, U.N.D.P.

“I do think that the 2002 Gender Policy of Belize will strengthen the human rights framework and many different initiatives have been going on with the National Women’s Commission, Women’s Department, with the support of other U.N. agencies like UNFPA and UNICEF but we do need to have a serious debate on the causes and the obstacles that women still face today.  I think this project is a very exciting one and we are very, very proud to be associated with it.”

Ann-Marie Williams

“If temporary special measures are not considered for women to enter politics, and that’s primarily because they’ve been left behind, it will take about forty years for Belize, a developing country to be on par with some of the other countries in terms of thirty or forty percent of women in politics.”

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14 Responses for “M.O.U. signed to increase political empowerment of women”

  1. MADDYVANDIJK/DEREALIST says:

    Belize will have to run fast if they ever want to catch up with the rest of the world. Although this is the cold truth Belizean women have to step out of their traditional roles as house-wives, and stay at home moms. The lack of education and family is winning the battle between home and actually earning a career status in Belize for women.
    In Belize men are active in politics, doctors, lawyers, and managers (see history) while women are more active in jobs such as schools and nursing which is generally lower paying positions or status.

    Although women must struggle to get to the top in Belize, and it might take decades before we get to see powerful women figures in high places, My biggest hope or wish for Belize is that a woman will become “Prime Minister” of Belize one day.

    First, we need to start convincing our daughters that they are capable of being leaders, instead of house-wives.

  2. Clifford says:

    Pretty soon we will see our nation Belize a home of terrorists and criminals if women takes leadership! How sad!?!

  3. Edith says:

    There Maddy go again with her idiotic statements.
    Jesus, do u think before u write?
    “Belizean women have to step out of their traditional roles as house-wives, and stay at home moms”
    I don’t know where u are – but the Belize i know and i am from have MANY EDUCATED STRONG WOMEN – who have done a lot to empower teh women in our society.
    Maybe that housewife crap was traditional way back when – but in the Belize i know now – women go out n get theirs!

    I applaud Ann Marie at trying to bring Belize up to par with other countries in reference to women in politics!

  4. MADDYVANDIJK/DEREALIST says:

    Edith, Pull your !@#$%^& head of your @$$ for a second, Take a look around you and see which gender in Belize or the rest of the world holds the power seats. (It’s mostly men) you idiot. You are obviously one of those housewives who are incapable of stepping out of that role. You read what was written here, but surely you were incapable of comprehending what was before your eyes.

    Quoting you: Maybe that housewife crap was traditional way back when – but in the Belize i know now – women go out n get theirs!

    If this is the fact, why are women like Ann-Marie Williams making awareness that more women should be in political leadership?

    And how come all the smart women know that more women need to be in power? And how come for decades women all over the world have been fighting the fight for equality in work places, etc? (Point made, thanks for conformation)

    Now go away, you are an idiot and that’s my ruling..

  5. Edith says:

    I will not curse u Maddy for that would demean me and bring me to your level.

    I am not one of the housewives – not that that would make me any less of a person – on the contrary i am an educated person who knows that women in Belize are stepping up.

    Ann Marie is talking about women stepping up in politics. I am speaking generally!
    Women have major roles in Belize and they are taking responsibility in the home n in the business community.

    If you were such an educated person as u pretend to be – you would know this…

  6. jc says:

    Maddy you are a low life scum! What Have you contributed to Belize besides your stupidty! Whiche we don’t need!!!!!!!!!!!!!Edith has done alot for our country and to call her an idiot you musnot know CRAP!!!!!!!!!!! Edith is a great woman and will always be the same! YOU my MADDY is the idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. jc says:

    Maddy you are a low life scum! What Have you contributed to Belize besides your stupidty! Whiche we don’t need!!!!!!!!!!!!!Edith has done alot for our country and to call her an idiot you must not know CRAP!!!!!!!!!!! Edith is a great woman and will always be the same! YOU my MADDY is the idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. BZNinCALI says:

    The GOB’s lawyer top is a woman, if I remember correctly, Lois earned her law degree before her ex husband, the PM got his & did not give up her career to stay at home & bake him powder buns. One of the people in a leadership role in the PUP is a woman, we cannot hear her over the boys fighting. Moya’s star was rising until she made a few missteps & dimmed it. We have a lot of young women who are well educated & in many fields who are living & working in the country who for whatever reasons choose not to run for office but who are obviously aligned with one party or another. Our society also has to address the reasons it holds women to a different standard than it does the men. In the 80s, one woman’s chances were derailed by a nude picture but we have voted for womanizing, child molesting drunks, gamblers & liars solely because they belonged to the right party & his ovaries hung outside.

    We need to get beyond the mindset that allows us to remain ignorant even in this day & age & face the fact that we need to get some estrogen into our halls of power to improve the civility & possibly bring a different perspective. Many of us who came of age prior to our Independence remember names like Gwendolyn Lizaraga & Doris Gullap, come on girls, we can do it.

  9. Earl Grey says:

    A NEW STUDY SAYS………..WOMEN CAN DO ALMOST EVERYTHING BETTER THAN MEN.

    We have Zenida……SHE PLAYS WITH THE BIG BOYS and puts up a good fight…LIKE HER OR NOT.

  10. Earl Grey says:

    THIS IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MDG number 1…….REDUCE POVERTY BY 50%.

  11. Edith says:

    I am laughing at you Maddy – God Bless u and the wonderful woman he blessed with such a stupid child.

    If trying to pull me down is gonna make u feel better about your lowly pathetic self – go ahead sweety – i live to please!

    Have an enjoyable day and an even better week – you stupid stupid soul!!!!!!!!

    BIG BIG SMOOCHIES :-)

  12. Robert2 says:

    Women definitely bring a new perspective to business and the political arena. @Maddy @Clifford, you both will be amazed at the courage and perseverance an intelligent woman brings to a trying situation. I too was an ignorant chauvinist many, many years ago. Thank God for his wisdom. And yes, it will happen, sooner than many people think, Belize will produce some great women leaders!

  13. Clifford says:

    Titus 2:4 Talks about women pretty clearly! “3 qOlder women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, rnot slanderers sor slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, tpure, uworking at home, kind, and vsubmissive to their own husbands, wthat the word of God may not be reviled. “

  14. MADDYVANDIJK/DEREALIST says:

    Robert2 I totally agree with your statement, I can say without any shame, or prejudice that one day Belizean women living in Belize will rise to the top with dominance and become better leaders than the leaders shamefully leading Belize today. We will have to wait for this to happen.
    When I’m hopeful my time here is not a wasted..

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