Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020. 1:23 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On Friday, January 17, the Anti-Discrimination Steering Committee concluded a round of consultations that were held in San Pedro, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, Belize City and Orange Walk, with the closing session held in Corozal.
The organizations championing the Equal Opportunities Bill, namely the National AIDS Commission (NAC), the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation and the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children thanks all the citizens who took the time to attend the sessions, present their concerns and ask questions to the panellists: Judith Alpuche (Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation), Enrique Romero (Executive Director of the National AIDS Commission – NAC), Attorney Rashad Brathwaite (independent consultant and legal drafter) and Attorney Randall Sheppard (Senior Crown Counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General).
“The sessions have been an opportunity to give our citizens an overview of the Equal Opportunities Bill, with a view to equipping them with tools to better understand the draft Bill, which is available for download on the website and Facebook page of the NAC,” a statement from the organizations noted.
The public is informed that further informative materials are being produced to address specific issues that were raised during the public consultation sessions.
The organizations inform that the Equal Opportunities Bill is a work in progress, and the draft is being amended to incorporate comments and suggestions that have been put forward so far. Further written submissions can also be made for consideration to the NAC by e-mail or by post at the address provided below.
The consultation with civil society will continue.
“We encourage all Belizeans to make their voice heard. The goal of this legislation is to improve the life of all, to create a fairer society with improved public services and where businesses and human development can thrive. Our Constitution establishes the general principles for us to aspire to such a society; the Equal Opportunities Act will give us the practical tools and mechanisms to make this into a reality for all,” the release expressed.
For further information and for your submissions please use the address below National AIDS Commission 3803 Durgeon Drive, Coral Grove, Belize City Email: [email protected] Website: www.nacbelize.org Facebook: National AIDS Commission.
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