By BBN Staff:The National Women’s Commission, following public backlash and controversy over a high-profile case of domestic abuse involving a minister’s son, issued a statement reminding all Belizeans that when any act of violence is committed, especially against women and girls, everyone loses.
Gender-based violence is rooted in discrimination, inequality, power and control. Silence, stigma and shame have kept gender-based violence as an invisible crime.
“Advocacy by government and civil society continues to rally for national action against this scourge through the observances of various campaigns and work within communities including supportive services in the districts through the Women’s Department,” the statement expressed.
The commission encourages everyone to speak up against gender-based violence to uproot the violence from our families, communities and societies.
The NWC commends the courage and determination exercised by victims.
“Perpetrators must be held accountable for these violent acts,” the commission said.
Communities must support victims and their families and demand that justice be served if we are to change this culture of violence.