Belize Gender Report and Needs Assessment and Costing Initiative

Oct 25, 2011

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Belize, will host a workshop on Tuesday, October 25th at the George Price Center in Belmopan, starting at 9 AM. The purpose of the workshop is to present CDB’s Country Gender Assessment Report along with the UNDP supported Gender Equality and Empowerment (MDG 3) Needs Assessment and Costing Initiative.

Recognizing that the impact of macro-economic policy on the gender divisions of labour in the short-term and on poverty in the long-term result in key socio-economic issues, the CDB’s Gender Equality Policy and Operational Strategy (GEPOS) aims to take into consideration Gender Equality (GE) issues and integrate gender analysis in its work with Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

The Gender Assessments examine women’s and men’s specific activities, social conditions, economic needs, and access to and control over resources. This Gender Assessment is the first and most critical step towards gender-responsive planning and programming to mainstream gender in CDB’s mission. To this end, the Bank commissioned a consultancy with the objective of conducting a comprehensive gender assessment of the social, economic and governance sectors in Belize. A country gender profile has been developed and a review of the country’s legislative process, policy context and organizational structures has been conducted in order to identify possible interventions.

Belize is also a signatory to the Millennium Declaration and, as such, is committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals including MDG 3 which is to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. For this reason, the Government of Belize with support from UNDP is currently undertaking a detailed inventory of a comprehensive range of public interventions and investments needed to meet or exceed MDG3. A professional and technical working group has catalogued associated actions as well as the most feasible costs to finance the interventions. Through the development of sectorial objectives that are geographically targeted, the Gender Needs Assessment and Costing will be aligned behind clearly defined development priorities.

At the workshop, Belizean stakeholders will provide feedback on both initiatives, which aim to effect gender equality and women’s empowerment and contribute to poverty reduction in Belize.