When is the International Day of the Girl Child celebrated?


11 October every year


Approximately what percentage of refugees world-wide are women or girls?


It is approximately half (actually 49% as of 2015).


This might not seem surprising as women/girls make up about half of the population. But many people seem to think it’s mostly men who are asylum seekers/refugees, and it’s helpful to remember that it’s women, kids and whole families being forced to flee.


Which countries have compulsory military service for both men and women?


Israel, Sweden, Norway, North Korea and Bolivia


What is the approximate percentage of the population, in any country and across history, who are LGBT?


Approximately 10 percent.


Which Caribbean countries have had a female Prime Minister or equivalent?


Trinidad and Tobago - Kamla Persad-Bissessar – from 2010-2015

Dominica - Dame Mary Eugenia Charles – from 1980-1995

Haiti (President) – Ertha Pascal-Trouillot – from 1990-1991

Jamaica – Portia Simpson – from 2012 -2016

Turks and Caicos (Premier) - Sharlene Cartwright Robinson – 2006 to present


Are unemployment rates higher among men or women in the Caribbean?


In the Caribbean, women are more affected by unemployment than men, although the gap is reducing over time. Between 2000 and 2013, the labour force participation rate of women aged 15-64 increased by 2.2 per cent, whilst that of men decreased by 2.5 per cent. However, gender differences are large, with 59.3 per cent of women in labour force versus 78.7 per cent for men.


Of the 138 murders in Belize last year, what percentage of the victims were men?


89% of murder victims were men


      Who was the first City Councillor to be elected in Belize?


Floss Casasola, in 1952.


      Who was the first female Minister in Belize?


Lisa Shoman, appointed Foreign Minister in 2007


      In what year was the National Women’s Commission established in Belize?


It was founded in 1982






National Women’s Commission, Belize

Women’s Dept, Ministry of Human Development, Belize

Joint Intelligence Coordinating Center, Belize

Inter-Parliamentary Union, global data

UNWomen, Barbados


UNFPA Belize

UNHCR Belize

Alfred Kinsey