WIN supports the National Gender Policy Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The National Gender Policy is founded on principles outlined in the Belize Constitution and in International Conventions and Agreements signed and ratified by the Government of Belize.  This National Gender Policy is a progressive development policy promoting human rights, gender equality and gender equity. 

Gender equality implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity of different groups of women and men.  Equality between women and men is seen both as a human rights issue and as a precondition for and an indicator of sustainable, people-centred development. The five priority areas are Health, Education & Skills Training, Wealth and Employment Generation, Violence Producing Conditions, and Power and Decision Making.  Belize is not a homogeneous society; so therefore, the policy speaks to the access and provision of services to all this country’s citizens.

The Women’s Issues Network of Belize (WIN-Belize) has contacted its member organizations and has reached consensus on the full acceptance of the Revised National Gender Policy 2013. As practitioners working on the ground with the most at-risk and vulnerable populations, WIN-Belize members work in the five priority areas in conjunction with the Government of Belize to ensure that persons are able to access the services provided and receive relevant information.  WIN-Belize continues in its commitment to be an agent of change working with the community, as well as with Member and Partner agencies, for social transformation needed to create a Belizean society free of discrimination against women, men and children.