Notice of Situation Analysis of Gender and Politics in Belize Launch

Dec 7, 2012


Thirty years after Belize’s independence, the majority of women continue to face significant challenges in moving towards parity with men at almost every level of political leadership and decision-making. In 2011, Belize was in joint last position (131st) on the Gender Gap Index as relates to political empowerment of women, along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei.

It is therefore very relevant that a Situation Analysis of Gender and Politics in Belize “Toward Equality of Opportunity for Equality of Results”, is being launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Women’s Commission (NWC). The findings of the Situation Analysis highlight the impediments women face as they seek representation and participation in national leadership as a prerequisite to improve their economic and social status in Belize.

The main findings and recommendations of the analysis will be presented at the launch by Consultant Debra Lewis, followed by a moderated Q & A with members of the press.

Venue: Best Western Biltmore Plaza, River Hall, Belize City
Date and Time: Monday, December 10, 2012; 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Program Participants:
• (Keynote Speaker) Ms. Deborah Backer, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly, Guyana
• Ms. Esther Ramirez, Chairperson, National Women’s Commission
• Mr. Daniel Alemu, Assistant Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme

Director of Ceremonies: Ms. Ann Marie Williams, Executive Director, NWC

Project Overview:

Project Name: “Strengthening Women's Representation in National Leadership in Belize”
Start Date: July 1, 2012
Est. End Date: June 30, 2014
Geographic Coverage: National
Focus Area: Women's Empowerment with a view to strengthening Democratic Governance, (MDG 3)
Project Officer: Ms. Jay Coombs
Partners: Women's Issues Network; Toledo Maya Women's Council, National Women's Commission

Contact information

UNDP in Belize, Marta Hendrikx, Phone: (501) 822-2688; Fax: (501) 822-3364; Mail: