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Nov 10, 2015

…Women’s Organizations React to Malicious Social Media Post

The online photo has been traced to the nbzlive blog and according to Reynolds; the unwanted attention arising from such indecent exposure is the very reason why women have traditionally chosen to stay away from politics.  The issue is one that was recently discussed during a series of workshops organized by WINBelize.


Isani Cayetano

“The overall issue of women in politics and women in certain social spheres, if I may, is being called to question here, in terms of the attention that this particular image and this individual may be receiving as a result of this online distribution.  Can you share with us your thoughts on that?”


Carolyn Reynolds

Carolyn Reynolds, Executive Director, WINBelize

“I know, I think most recently people are aware that WINBelize is involved in doing some training in women in leadership and focusing specifically on political leadership.  And some of the barriers for women, these are some of the things that came up in that training and so this is what we were able to look at in more detail, analyze it and to, one of the things that I said before is for us to support our women and not really to leave them out on their own but to provide that support because one of the things is always women not supporting each other and also having men as part of that support group.  Because we all complement each other and so we need to look at it from both perspectives, looking at it as a human rights issue and also looking at it as how we and women and men can work together and these issues that come up we can face it together as a community, as a country and as everyone in the media, the different organizations that we can come together on issues facing this.  Because as we also were made aware that there have been a number of women being abused on the net, right, cyberspace and we were made aware of that and so this one, you know, it became more prominent and so we decided to do that press release.”


In her post today, Burns also wrote that, “The malice demonstrated by that article represents most of what is stigmatized about Belizean society and politics. We resort to spite and defamatory actions instead of civil upliftment. Some seek to discredit, even in the face of blatant qualification.” 

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1 Response for “…Women’s Organizations React to Malicious Social Media Post”

  1. Kay says:

    I support you 1000% Ms. Burns! Belizeans can never move forward because their only aim is to hold each other down. Hold your head up high as you have earned your title as a strong woman even if some sleazy weeny is trying to defame your character.

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