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Jun 21, 2012

Gender Info database launched

The National Women’s Commission in collaboration with UNICEF, Belize today launched the first phase of the desktop online database designed to facilitate access to gender-related information. For the past year and a half, the commission has been collecting data in five key areas that seek to improve and influence national development planning with readily available, updated information. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was on hand for the launch.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Belize Gender Info is a tool that follows the progress of genders. The database presents and gives account of the disparities and disadvantages of women that is requested from Belize by the Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Anne-Marie Williams of the National Women’s Commission says that the information to CEDAW will also impact research and inform studies needed to implement local programs and policies.


Ann-Marie Williams

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

“It is important to not only have the data but have the data in a form that shows women’s contributions and we decided to do a gender info which will adequately show the contributions of boys and girls, men and women in Belize. The database is actually done in five main areas and is in line with the national gender policy. It covers education, health, wealth and income creation, violence producing conditions and power and decision making or women in political decision making. The database is simply a monitoring tool that tracks progress over time and so because we report to the CEDAW Committee every four years and we have a National Gender Policy to monitor and implement, it is an excellent tool. It is a toll also for our policy makers and policy actor for to make informed decisions or want to implement a program.”


Ashanti Garcia

Due to the availability of information, the database application currently provides information for education and women in decision making. The family unit is just one of the bodies to be impacted.


Ashanti Garcia, Assistant Project Officer, NWC

“I would like to point out that it is important for all the families in Belize, especially those with children because as I showed there are certain areas or levels where students drop out and so if you have male and female children, you might say okay I need to push my child harder to study because at standard three a lot of them drop out and then once you know they’ve graduated from standard six, they’re happy but the next biggest challenge is getting them from standard six to first form so these are issues and information that you can get out of the database that serves as practical way of going about making your own decisions and advising your family how they can go about in their lives because it tells you what is the story and how they can go about to change it.”


Anthony Martinez

Minister of Human Development, Antony Martinez says the launch is pivotal to growth and development in Belize.


Anthony Martinez, Minister of Human Dev & Soc. Trans

“In order to have true data, we need statistics and we need to have easy access to the information to be able to use this information in our planning processes. The Belize Gender Info is designed to provide some of the solutions in this regard and its primary purpose is to monitor and report on national and international commitments in the areas of human rights and human development. In so doing, it can provide us with the kind of information we need. I can provide us with critical information on how we are progressing in achieving key human development goals.”


In short, Williams says that the Belize Gender Info is the first organized gender database application available.


Ann-Marie Williams

“We have no gender info in Belize. This is not a form of redundancy. We have databases and different departments collect their data their own way. Data is in Belize but it is scattered. This is an area where u can house data comprehensively. The sex disaggregated database cross classify data by sex: male and female; men and women; boys and girls. But the gender info rarely pay particular attention to the contributions of men and women in areas that other sex disaggregated database wouldn’t do. So this goes beyond a sex disaggregated database and it’s an opportunity to get all your data and your figures under one roof as soon as your database is completed. This is a work in progress because we started in two areas because the data was readily available.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


Gender Belize Info will be launched online in the next two to three weeks and will be accessible free of cost at

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1 Response for “Gender Info database launched”

  1. impartial says:

    I think the minister is in serious need of some self-human development and social transformation

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