L-R Ann-Marie Williams, Exec. Director, The National Women's Commission, Kim Simplis Barrow,
Special Envoy for Women & Children, Cynthia Williams, Human Development Co-ordinator &
Diane Wade Moore, Asst. Resident Rep., UNDP Belize
Candlelight Vigil Downtown Belize City
Over 200 women, men and youth descended on the Battlefield Park November 25, 2015 for the official launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence being held under the theme: Step Up to End Gender-Based Violence NOW!
In welcoming the gathering, to the 24th observance of the 16 Days Campaign, Cynthia Williams, Human Development Co-ordinator made it clear that violence against women and girls is UNACCEPTABLE.
That unacceptability resonated with the audience when Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, castigated bullies who use social media to vilify and malign women and girls by posting nude photos of them. Click here to read speech
In her keynote address, Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission (NWC) was explicit in saying that a lot of the violence we experience as a nation stems from the way families socialize their girls and boys. Click here to read speech
Emotionally moving tributes were also paid to Collen Sharp, 30 and Keisha Buller, two women who were murdered at the hands of their boyfriends. Shiane Sharp, Coleen’s sister spoke on her behalf while Kendra Buller gave a short testimony on her sisters’ behalf.
UNDPs Assistant Resident Representative to Belize, Diane Wade Moore, reminded all that the new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) which scales up the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) for the first time includes specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women but, we must all play our part to make it happen.
An orange candlelight vigil along Albert and Regent Streets was a vivid reminder of the many women and girls who have died violently at the hands of a loved one.
A series of activities (all free) among them; legal clinics and movie nights are being held in connection with the 16 days campaign.
The color ORANGE is being worn throughout the campaign to bring heightened awareness to the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE Campaign to end violence against Women and girls in Belize and the rest of the world. November 25-December 10, 2015 marks three important observances; the International Day to End Violence against Women, (Nov. 25), World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10).
This activity was done by the Women’s Issues Network of Belize, WIN-Belize with support from the National Women’s Commission, the Women’s Department and the United Nations in Belize.