Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 10:45 pm CST.
By Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO, Ministry of Economic Development: Today, March 8th, marks International Women’s Day where countries across the world come together to celebrate under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.
This theme resonates louder than ever because in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic and an impending climate crisis, we must not leave our women behind as we build back and create new ways to move forward. Any and all growth strategies must not only include, but also empower women as key contributors of development.
We, at the Ministry of Economic Development commit to this ideal as avid national advocates for the women of Belize – demonstrating our advocacy through the development of inclusive policy, the promotion of gender-equality projects and programmes, and the overall goal towards social equity for all Belizeans. A woman that is enabled; enables her children, the community and by extension, the country.
We also recognize the importance of having women in positions of prominence with women making up the backbone of our ministry: Policy and Planning Unit – Ms. Karlene McSweaney, Ms. Fayne Nicasio, Mrs. Kimberley Westby-Cassasola, Ms. Martha Woodye, and Ms. Gabrielle Hulse; Climate Financing Unit – Ms. Hunter Hales and Mrs. Tracey Banman-Peña; our director of the National Authorizing Unit, Ms. Kathrine Mendez; our Financial Officer, Ms. Amira Jones; our Administrative Officer, Ms. Deborah Ireland, and administrative staff – Mrs. Ana Mahmud-Zetina, Ms. Yuribeth Sarceno, and Ms. Nancy (***). We salute these women and their contribution to the ministry, and hope to continue creating a space of economic opportunities for women in the country.
To all the women of Belize, we celebrate your political, social, environmental, economic, cultural, and personal achievements today and always. We thank you for making Belize a better place.
We promise to always make progress towards gender equality in order to close the gap and “Break the Bias”.
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