Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019. 2:03 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States (US) Embassy announces the launch of its role in the campaign to assist victims of gender-based violence (GBV) in Belize as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Working with the Belizean government and civil society partners, the U.S. Embassy will place 160 signs across Belize with phone numbers and resources to help victims of gender-based violence find support to escape violence.
That launch will be held on December 4 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Belmopan.
The 160 signs will be posted at Belize’s Ports of Entries, as well as other high-traffic areas such as bus stops, businesses and public buildings where they will be seen by thousands of people.
The signs will be protected with a high-quality transparent polymer to ensure that the signs will last indefinitely.
The U.S. Embassy collaborated with both U.S. and Belizean organizations and government agencies to create and place the signs across Belize.
Belizean partners included the Special Envoy for Women and Children, the National Women’s Commission, and the Department of Immigration.
U.S. based agency partners include the Polaris Project and the Blue Campaign with the Department of Homeland Security.
The purpose of the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence project is to create sustainable, effective, and long-lasting resources to help victims of gender-based violence across Belize.
The project also seeks to raise awareness and change public attitudes towards victims of gender-based violence.