The User- Friendly Version of The Revised National Gender Policy 2016.
What is Gender?
Gender is our idea of what it means to “be a man” or “be a woman”. This is different than “sex” which describes the biological characteristics of women and men. Gender refers to the roles, behaviors, activities and qualities that society thinks are appropriate for women and men. These ideas change over time and can be different in different societies.
Gender is more than the roles men and women are assigned to play in society. It is about the value attached to these roles and how they affect the lives of men and women. Specifically, gender tells you who gets what and how much in terms of goods and services. In our society and in all gendered societies, men have more say, more influence and more power about how our society is organized. Women’s influence is usually just over issues that are considered domestic or private such as what happens at home; this creates a power imbalance that is referred to as gender inequality because these roles are not equally valued.
All our institutions need to be free from gender discrimination and free from false gender stereotypes the role that both male and female play in our society needs to be equally valued. Thus the potential for the development of each person will expand and this can only serve to advance the work of Belize’s development.