By Aaron Humes: Former Opposition Senator and political candidate Valerie Woods has taken up the inaugural presidency of the Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL), Belize Chapter, as of November 27.
The CIWiL Belize National Chapter Executive is additionally comprised of: Deborah Mencias-McMillan – Vice Chairperson, Chelsea Galvez – Secretary/ Coordinator, Tracie Jenkins – Treasurer and Brittney Galvez – Public Relations Officer.
Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) is a non-partisan and independent organisation, established to monitor and increase the participation of women in leadership and decision-making within the Caribbean. They work with activists, female parliamentarians, development professionals, and national gender machineries to train and support women across the region as they seek elected office or assume other positions of leadership.
The Belize Chapter is the sixth National Chapter established as part of the country level network of women committed to advancing women’s leadership and gender equality throughout the Caribbean.
CIWiL Regional Board President, Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph welcomed and congratulated CIWiL’s newest national chapter. The President noted in her remarks, “our Belizean sisters have been underrepresented in leadership and decision making for too long.” She also issued a call to action stating “Let us all work together in solidarity; let us support each other. It is left to us to challenge the status quo. Let us be the change agents for a more inclusive, empowered and equitable society”.