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Ann-Marie Williams

Ann-Marie Williams

Ann-Marie Williams

Friday, June 20, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: President of the National Women’s Commission, Ann Marie Williams will be on leave as she pursues studies in trafficking in persons. But an issue she has been championing, the Revised National Gender Policy, remains under attack from a group of church leaders and pastors who are presently occupying the National Assembly steps.

Led by Patrick Menzies they are calling for the complete scrapping of the policy, certain legal amendments, and a change in government policy that recognizes male-female partnerships as the only legal partnerships in Belize under the Constitution.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has conceded amendments to the Policy and the Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Churches are working with him on that.

But barring that, Williams told us today that she remains confident the policy will be implemented.

According to Williams there will be a meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow shortly, but she expressed hope that she will be around to help the policy through.

 

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