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The Gender Policy is NOT UNIBAM Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

It would appear that some church organizations have been successfully able to merge the UNIBAM issue with Government's Gender Policy document. This has been so because from time immemorial, people have believed that those who lead congregations do no wrong and tell no lies. Cursory looks at the placards that demonstrators have been carrying would suggest that church pastors, who lead these demonstrators, are telling their congregations that the Gender Policy and UNIBAM are synonymous with one another. The truth is that the two are completely different.

UNIBAM
The UNIBAM issue is one where Caleb Orozco who represents the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), took the Government of Belize to court over the constitutionality of Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code. Since the start of the matter, UNIBAM was struck off by the court as an interested party, leaving Orozco alone to make the challenge. In the case, Orozco is specifically challenging the portion of the law where it states that "every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years." He says that the law violates his right to privacy, dignity and equality as a gay man. Government's position is that it will not be doing away with the law and has since mounted a defense in which it argued that Orozco's rights have never been violated by the law. On this issue, the Government is joined by the Roman Catholic Church, The Belize Church of England Corporate Body and the Belize Evangelical Association of Churches. The case was heard over three days between the 7th and 10th of May in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Justice Benjamin has since reserved judgment for a date to be announced later. It is clear that by the mere fact that the Government has mounted a challenge to Orozco's claim proves that the Government is not pushing a homosexual agenda.

Gender Policy
What Government IS pushing is a Gender Policy, which goes a long way into promoting equality between men and women. The policy goes leaps and bounds to also advocate for equal access to, among other things, education, healthcare as well as to improve the family structures. There is not a single instance in the 52 page document where any homosexual agenda is promoted. The Gender Policy's vision is as follows: “A society in which all men and women, boys and girls are able to achieve their full potential through the enjoyment of their human rights; live together in mutual respect, dignity and harmony; and are equal partners as they participate in services and resources for realizing and sustaining their economic, social, political, and cultural development for equal enjoyment of all.” The policy in its entirety can be read at: www.nationalwomenscommission.org

What's the Churches Agenda?
Despite the Policy's vision, some church organizations have now equated it to Government pushing a homosexual agenda even though there is not a shred of evidence contained in the document to prove this. What is alarming about the churches' position and their now taking to the street to demonstrate against the Gender Policy is the fact that no less than the Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, has called on them to put their concerns in writing and have meetings with them to address their concerns. Before they have even put a single word on paper to prove their speculation, they have decided that it is necessary for them to mobilize resources against the Policy. It would appear that they are not necessarily concerned about the contents of the Gender Policy so much as they are concerned about having airtime. It would not be a surprise to anyone that some of those very faces who are at the forefront of the demonstrations to be putting themselves up for elections. It is deceit of the highest nature to have people following church organizations and others based on misinformation. This is definitely not what the church calling should be.