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Mackeva Westby

Mackeva Westby

Mackeva Westby

Thursday, May 8, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The first prize for the Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic to be held next Sunday, May 18, has been doubled from $1,500 to $3,000.

It came about as part of efforts to promote equality for women in Belize, and the members of a committee consisting of members of the National Women’s Commission and Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow, are seeking means of influencing how women are perceived in Belize.

Mackeva Westby, Program Coordinator in the Special Envoy’s Office, reports that the grant facilitating the prize came from the Oak Foundation.

Following the 20,000 Strong Women’s Empowerment Rally in March, an Action Plan Committee 2014 was formed specifically to look at ways women’s lot could be strengthened.

Later this month there will be an exhibit of Belizean women trailblazers and the Committee will look for more ways to participate in uplifting women in all sectors.

The combined prize will be presented at the end of the race.

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