Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 9:15 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:The Leader of the opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) John Briceno issued a statement today on the occasion of International Women’s day.
Briceno says that this special day is set aside to celebrate the women of the world, and locally, more so the women of Belize. It is a day to examine and recommit our efforts at achieving equality while at the same time honoring women’s contributions to Belize, he said.
“While we have made advances and can speak to progress towards equality for our Belizean women, we know that more must be done. Far too many women and girls continue to face discrimination and injustices, from the home to the workplace, and women’s struggle for equality will remain incomplete until all of us embrace them as fully equal,” he said.
Briceno said it is unacceptable that in 2017 women in Belize are still experiencing higher levels of poverty and unemployment than men. While there have been strides in the area of education, there are still places in Belize where our women are denied important social and economic rights, he added.
Today in Belize still too many of our women face gender-based violence, cannot access adequate health care, and are denied real opportunities for work and empowerment, Briceno said.
“As the Party that supports and has tirelessly enhanced social justice, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding women’s rights and fully support the PUP women’s agenda, incorporating it as a priority for our party and nation,” he further stated.
Briceno says that his party embraces the principles of gender equality because Belize can only achieve real development when all our women and girls can reach their full potential and that Belize can only benefit when women and girls have the opportunities and the resources needed to succeed.
“On this International Women’s Day let us celebrate what we have achieved, but also let us work harder to bring about real positive change for greater equality and equal opportunity so that together we can build a Belize that works for everyone,” he concluded.
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