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Equipment donated to improve data collection and analysis on violence against women and human trafficking Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 February 2016 00:00

unfa donation.jpg - 79.86 KbThe Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), provided data gathering equipment valued at approximately BZ$184,000.00 to relevant government departments, including the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Security. The official handing over of the equipment took place on February 19, 2016 at the Raccoon Street Police Station in Belize City.

The purpose of the equipment is to strengthen the capacity of those government units in charge of collecting and analyzing data on violence against women and human trafficking and ensure improved access to reliable data for programme planning and decision-making in this area.

The hand-over of equipment takes place under the BA1 Project: Prevention of Violence Against Women, Human Trafficking and Femicide in Belize that falls under the Central American Security Strategy (ESCA,) which seeks to address at local, national and regional levels, risk factors of violence and protection mechanisms, focusing on violence affecting youth, armed violence, gender-based violence, smuggling of migrants and trafficking, drug use, and climate change.

Presenters at the handing-over ceremony were: Hon. Anthony Martinez, Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation; Ms. Judith Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer in the MHDSTPA, Chair of the National Management Commission of the ESCA project; Ms. Sheila Roseau, Sub-Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Receiving on behalf of Government Ministries were: Ms. Tisa Grant, Health Planner – Gender Focal Point, Ministry of Health; Mr. Mark Antrobus, Social Planner, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation; and Ms. Martha Rhys, Non-Commissioned Officer (in charge of Domestic Violence Unit), Belize Police Department, Ministry of National Security.

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has procured equipment to strengthen units in charge of producing data on violence against women and human trafficking  in an effort to effectively address the need of better data management within the Government of Belize.

This coordinated approach, in which data producing units from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Security and Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation will receive equipment, epitomizes the strengthening of the Gender-based Violence System that has been ongoing through capacity building training and the standardization of case management tools and practices inter-ministerially to ensure that the needs of all units are met in order to provide quality data and service to citizens.

This is a priority activity within the BA1 Project outlined in the Central American Security Strategy (ESCA).  The objective of the strategy is to create a safer environment for citizens of Central America, and is structured around four components: a). Fighting Crime, b). Violence Prevention, c). Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Penitentiary Security, and d). Institutional Strengthening.

Component B (Violence Prevention) seeks to address, at local, national and regional levels, risk factors of violence and protection mechanisms, focusing on violence affecting youth, armed violence, gender-based violence, smuggling of migrants and trafficking, drug use, and climate change. BA1 specifically seeks to establish regional, national and local interventions focusing on strengthening institutional capacities to prevent, address and subsequently reduce risk factors contributing to violence against women, trafficking in women and femicide. The project is currently being implemented in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

In Belize the Project is managed by a National Commission comprised of six Government Ministries: the Ministry of Human Development (Chair), the Ministry of National Security, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General’s Ministry alongside international agencies - the United Nations Populations Fund, the International Organisation for Migration.

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