By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belmopan City Council said it is joining the National Women’s Commission in observance of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence under the theme “You and Me – from 16 days to 365: End Violence against Women NOW!”
“During these 16 days, I call on all citizens to be mindful that violence, in any form is dangerous to the family, the community and the world,” said Mayor Sheran Palacio. “Statistics do not show the true picture since many cases go unreported and undocumented.”
During the 16 days of Activism, the Belmopan City Council is raising an orange and white flag at City Hall starting on November 25 throughout the 16 days of activism.
“Remember that oftentimes, abuse begins at home. Many women are “cultured” to believe that they deserve the violence meted out, not only by men, but including several members of the family and community, and I want to remind you – you have a voice to say “NO”,” said Mayor Palacio.
The Belmopan City Council made a call on social media for everyone to join to end all forms of gender-based violence.
“I call on all of us to do our parts, from the home to the schools, the law enforces and social workers across the board,” Mayor Palacio noted. “We must join all forces to ensure a safe space for girls and women.”
“If you feel endangered and at risk, please contact the Women’s Commission at 227-4284 or someone you trust. You are a valuable human being, and you deserve a safe and healthy environment,” highlighted Mayor Palacio.