Posted: Friday, July 2, 2021. 8:30 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: On June 30, the National Women’s Commission launched its redesigned website and the Gender-based Violence (GBV) Referral Pathway for GBV frontline responders.
This tool was developed through a partnership between the National Women’s Commission (NWC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to respond to GBV with a one-stop guide that includes all services presently being offered in Belize in all the districts, for survivors of GBV.
The Gender-based Violence Referral Pathway for GBV frontline responders facilitates primary duty bearers and specialized actors with information on how to respond to GBV incidents, guide the survivors of GBV around the range of services that are available for them across the country, and supports in conducting survivor-centered referrals.
The referral pathway supports coordination among service providers to meet the needs of survivors because they can use it to advocate for survivor’s access to services, monitor service delivery, and follow up with survivors, through the GBV case management process.
The National Women’s Commission noted that the pathway channels survivors of GBV to services that they most need and want in a way that protects their dignity, ensures their safety and confidentiality but most of all protects them from being revictimized.
Liaison Officer for UNFPA, Tisa Grant, stated that “despite the extensive work done, persons who have been subjected to GBV, especially women and girls, still lack access to essential services that support their safety, health, protection and access to justice. The GBV referral pathway therefore allows for appropriate, quality, multi-sectoral services in a timely, safe, respectful, confidential and non-discriminatory manner”.
The newly re-designed website for the National Women’s Commission can be accessed at – https://www.nwcbelize.org/.
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