Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020. 11:17 am CST.
By BBN Staff: On Tuesday, the Anti-Discrimination Steering Committee hosted a press conference with various media houses, including BBN, and the Government of Belize Press Office.
During the meeting, the journalists were provided with an overview of the Equal Opportunities Bill, including the background of how this legislation has come to be and how it will provide protection for Belizeans and dismantle the systemic barriers to equality.
The organizations championing the Equal Opportunities Bill, namely the National AIDS Commission (NAC), the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, Poverty Alleviation and the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, thanked the journalists who attended the meeting and engaged with the panel.
The panel included Kim Simplis Barrow (Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister), Enrique Romero (Director Executive of the NAC), Attorney Randall Sheppard (Senior Crown Counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General), and Attorney Rashad Brathwaite (independent consultant and legal drafter).
The organizations note that the goal of this legislation is to improve the life of all Belizeans.
“The Bill will create a fairer society with improved public services, where businesses and everyday citizens 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 steering committee expressed.
The committee is encouraging all Belizeans to make their voices heard.
Submissions and requests for information or for a meeting with the technical team can be sent to the National AIDS Commission.
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