The commitment embedded in the Millennium Declaration is that, by 2015, Belize would have made consistent and continuous improvement in the relative capacity of women to access opportunities to serve as constituency representatives. In order for this to happen, some of the root causes of women’s absence from political leadership roles will need to be addressed. It is evident that women at the national level are not only far less likely to be voted into office, but are also far less likely to enter into public life. Anecdotal evidence and interviews with women suggest that cultural norms and traditional perceptions of the role of women predominate and as such, women continue to work “behind the scenes”, without stepping forward for election, and without being asked and sufficiently prepared to do so.
UNDP Belize is committed to assisting the creation of a platform for national action that will allow key stakeholders to be a part of the process of identifying concrete steps that should be taken to facilitate women’s participation in national decision-making.more