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National Women’s Commission hosts Women in Politics conference

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017. 9:10 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Women’s Commission (NWC) held it’s first Women in Politics conference this week at the Belize Biltmore Plaza.

The conference,held on Thursday, August 31, featured prominent speakers such as former Belize City Mayor Zenida Moya, former Parliamentarian Dolores Balderamos Garcia, and Minister of State for Trade, Tracey Taegar Panton.  The conference also featured Kelly Dittmar, Professor of Political Science, and Adrienne Galanek, Charge D’affaires, US Embassy.

Executive Director of the NWC, Ann-Marie Williams, explained that the conference was held before the 2018 Municipal Elections to inspire more women to run for municipal office, or at least consider running.

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Williams told the media that the NWC’s goal is to raise women’s participation in politics to 20 percent by 2020. Williams went on to say that the commission will push for 30 percent, which is the international standard, and hopes to, one day, achieve 50 percent.

Belize currently has  6 percent women representation at the National Assembly. The NWC has been advocating for increased women’s participation in politics since 2009, when it started the first WIP training course which ended in 2012.

The commission is reportedly considering reviving the training.

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