By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs has been donated information and communication technology (ICT) equipment to better collect, manage, harmonize and analyze data on gender-based violence (GBV) in Belize.
The donation comprised 15 desktop computers, a television, printer, firewall and an upgrade to the FAMCare Case Management System valued at over US$64,000. Minister of State Elvia Vega-Samos received the donation from the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), supported by the Spotlight Initiative.
The Ministry’s official case management system, known as FAMCare, will be upgraded to house GBV data to support the national referral system and joint data collection by officials within the relevant government and non-government organizations that are a part of the gender referral pathway system. The harmonization of the GBV information system will fulfill the role of a statistical monitoring and evaluation system that will improve the delivery of critical services to women and girls through the creation of the new Gender Based-Violence Dashboard.
Furthermore, the ICT equipment will enhance the infrastructure within the Women and Family Support Department, which provides support through the Women Development Officers in their work to collect data, act as gender advocates within their municipalities, and work with the National and District Gender-Based Violence Committees to end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) nationally.
The enhancement and strengthening of the FAMCare Case Management System will assist essential service providers to better understand GBV cases being reported and enable actors to share data on FAMCare, and externally with agencies, for broader trend analysis and to improve GBV coordination.