Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020. 4:39 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The consultations for the Equal Opportunities Bill continue throughout Belize.
The bill has been rejected in the Toledo district and the the evangelical community has firmly opposed the bill.
Therefore, stakeholders involved which include the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow and the National Aids Commission issued a statement in an effort to clarify some major concerns among Belizeans.
According to the statement, the draft legislation seeks to promote equal opportunities in particular sectors of public life and to provide access to remedies for all Belizeans.
“This law is necessary in order to ensure that the values and principles of our Constitution are translated into action. Our Constitution establishes that all citizens, without qualification, are equal before the law and must have the benefit of the protection of the law,” the statement says.
The statement explained that the Equal Opportunities Bill is giving life to this principle by establishing mechanisms to promote equal opportunities and prevent discrimination by removing systemic barriers, improving public services and providing avenues for legal protection.
And, in direct response to some of the concerns emerging out of consultations, they explained some points that the bill does not intend to achieve:
The stakeholders thank all Belizeans who attended the consultation sessions in San Pedro, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Dangriga, Punta Gorda and Belize City.
Belizeans have until 31 January 2020 to send their views, suggestions and feedback either by post or email to the National AIDS Commission.
The stakeholders will then review and analyze input for the publication of the final consultation report.
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