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United Women’s Group condemns remarks by UDP Chairman Alberto August

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 10:33 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The United Women’s Group (UWG) issued a statement today condemning the remarks of UDP Chairman Alberto August.

The UWG laments on the horrific weekend for Belizean youths.

The group joins the families and nation in mourning and adds that the grief of any parent or family on losing a loved one is incomprehensible.

“This is even more difficult when the loss is due to a heinous crime. Therefore, disparaging remarks and blaming the victims for their deaths is unconscionable,” the group expressed.

The group says that the remarks made by August were ‘irresponsible’ and ‘insensitive’ against the victim and her family.

The UWG says that they confronted August with the post and he did not apologize or retract it.

In August’s comments, he states, “ While no one deserves to be killed by another person, the question you should really be asking is where was the family when this poor soul, obviously in need of parental and family guidance, was out there in the public stumbling drunk from club to club seeking attention.”

“It must be denounced in the strongest of terms,” the group says.

Criticism is readily hurled at women for making themselves vulnerable to crime.

The proverbial “boys will be boys” tradition continues to be practiced by men and women and thus nurtures the culture of prejudice against women, it added. 

On Monday, the Special Envoy for Women and Children called for all persons to refrain from victim blaming.

The UWG calls on the Special Envoy to write to the Chairperson of the UDP to apologize to the family of Adamir Choc.

Furthermore, the UWG calls on the women’s group of the UDP to denounce these statements.

“There is no place in the leadership of any political party to promote this kind of language or mindset,” it ends.


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