20,000 STRONG—A First for Belize!

12,000 descended on the Fort George Memorial Park on March 6, 2014, three days ahead of International Women’s Day for a first of its kind national Women’s Rally dubbed 20,000 STRONG-Imagine a Belize Without Women! The women, from all walks of life including a huge police/military contingent assembled at the Memorial Park and marched to…

Woman of the Year, Sylvia Flores

Woman of the Year, Sylvia Flores receives citation from U.S. Ambassador, Vinai Thummalapally on Int’l Women’s Day A new Belize Woman of the Year has been chosen. She is former Government Minister Sylvia Flores. She was awarded during a lovely ceremony marking the 4th Annual event held on Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day at…

WIP (Cohort III) Graduation Day (March 21, 2012)

Why the WIProject? 1984-1989—No woman minister 1989-1993—No woman minister 1993-1998—Hon. Faith Babb (Minister of State) 1998-2003—Hon. Dolores Balderamos-Garcia (Minister) 2000-2003—Hon. Ana Patty Arceo (Minister of State) 2003-2008 —Hon. Sylvia Flores (Minister) 2007-2008—Sen. the Hon. Lisa Shoman (Minister) 2008— (No woman minister) Just a cursory glance above is proof positive that from 1984-2009, over a 25-year…

NWC Sweeps Regional Awards

Executive Director Ann-Marie Williams accepts US $10,000 from Daniel Baker, Dir. UNFPA, Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean.  The National Women’s Commission “Women in Politics” Project is the recipient of the prestigious Caribbean Population Awards 2010 (non-media category). The Commission took home the largest award of the evening from among eight other regional Caribbean project entries.…

WIPs helping hand for Haiti

WIP women deepened their humanity on February 13, 2010 when they handed over some funds raised among themselves to assist victims of the Haiti earthquake with rebuilding. Director General of the Belize Red Cross, Lilly Bowman was invited to a WIP training to receive the donation on behalf of the group. In accepting the funds,…

In Her Shoes

Think about the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and you’ve just thought about a treaty that’s devoted specifically to gender equality (MDG 3). This Bill of Rights for women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 1979. Belize did its part by ratifying CEDAW…

16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day against Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Women’s Breakfast with Dame Billie

The Women’s Department hosted Dame Miller at a head of Women’s Agencies breakfast on March 25, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel. The event which opened with a prayer by Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the NWC, followed with an informal discussion lead by Judith Alpuche, CEO in the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation;…