By Aaron Humes: Several businesses are joining the National Women’s Commission (NWC) in partnership with the Women’s and Family Support Department within the Ministry of Human Development Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, and with support from the Spotlight Initiative to support and maintain ‘safe houses’ within Belize.
This service is important for victims and survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence and therefore needs urgent and continuing support for their sustained upkeep as they are key to aiding survivors of gender-based violence when they are displaced and in need of a safe space for themselves and their children.
Belize Water Services Limited (BWS), F.T. Williams & Associates, FAST Construction, Belmopan area representative and Minister of State Oscar Mira, and Belize City Councilor Javier Castellanos have committed their support to these safe houses and encourage other businesses to commit and support this important initiative in partnership to support victims of gender-based violence.
The Commission has led to strengthening and enhancement of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for safe houses to improve the quality of services provided to survivors during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, including training of shelter staff and volunteers to support the implementation and roll-out of these new SOPs and improve services.