By BBN Staff: The National Women’s commission and the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, are inviting the public to the launch of the 16 Days of Activism.
Each year, Belize joins the rest of the world in observing 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which marks three important international observances: The International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (November 25), World AIDS Day (December 1) and Human Rights Day (December 10).
This year marks the 26th year of the campaign, initiated in 1991 involving a wide array of organizations; both government and non-government, the private sector, networks, and individuals who focus on gender-based violence as a critical issue worldwide.
In Belize, the campaign seeks to galvanize support in an effort to raise awareness and collective action to end violence against women and girls. The theme for this year’s awareness launch is “From Awareness to Accountability; Unmasking the many faces of violence.”
The launch will be held on November 25 at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road in Belize City. The launch will feature gender-based violence awareness and an educational fair.
The National Women’s Commission (NWC) of Belize plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the issue of gender-based violence continues to take center stage in the realm of development.
By advocating for and monitoring the implementation of key national and international commitments, the Commission remains steadfast in the struggle for gender equality, equity, and women’s empowerment (GEEWE) in Belize.
The NWC is also the secretariat for the National Gender Policy and the National Gender-based Violence Action Plan.