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Feb 11, 2013

Women Issues Network trains leaders

Carolyn Reynolds

The Women’s Issues Network is leading the charge to knock down stereotypes about the traditional roles of women. Win-Belize’s Executive Director, Carolyn Reynolds, says that getting women involved in electoral politics and roles of leadership are priorities of their recent workshop in which thirty two women and five women are participating. At the conclusion of the four days workshop, Reynolds says that the participants will return to their towns and villages where they will also share their experiences to enhance the development of women in those communities.


Carolyn Reynolds, Exec. Director, Win-Belize

“It’s being done through Bridge, an organization that does training on elections and election process. And so this is a four day workshop that we are having as part of a bigger project we are doing; looking at women’s representation in national leadership. One of the things is to see how we can build the capacity of women and men on seeing how we can  move the process forward so that women can be more comfortable in putting themselves up for office.”


Jose Sanchez

“As it is, there are more women than men in schools today, yet we see more men than women in leadership positions. Is part of your four day discussion a way to change that?”


Carolyn Reynolds

“Yes that’s one of the hope that we want to see. This is also in collaboration with UNDP, the United Nation Development Program. And it is a project that is being funded by the United Nation Democracy Fund. So through the workshop we are hoping to build the capacity. We have representations from the village councils, town councils, city councils; from women organizations, from the elections and boundaries department within the ministry. So through this training, one of the criteria for the participants is for them to go back in their communities and replicate the trainings with their communities.  So hopefully one of the things we want to see come out of it is that we be having more people with the knowledge, building their capacity on the electoral process and seeing how we can advocate for more women being part of the political system.”


The program concludes later this week. 

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2 Responses for “Women Issues Network trains leaders”

  1. Storm says:

    I’d welcome more qualified and honest women participating in government, but not just more crooks wearing skirts. We need wise and honest patriots, no matter what the gender.

    I’m always on guard of any program from the UN, because it is so heavily influenced by far left ideologies, radical environmentalism, and a liberal humanist sexual agenda. I hope none of that cancer seeps into the Jewel, where most of us still believe in the Bible and traditional morality.

  2. Bear says:

    If they can produce a Belizean Margaret Thatcher, I’ll vote for her!

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