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PETAL begins second round data collection

July 20
14:49 2018
THE REPORTER:  News Staff,

The community organization Promoting Empowerment through Awareness for Lesbian and bi-sexual women (PETAL) has begun a second round of collecting data on human rights violations across Belize.

The data collection forms a part of a regional initiative spearheaded by Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) in Jamaica and sponsored by the Global Fund. Through the project PETAL’s data collectors visit communities countrywide confidentially recording rights violations and preparing reports to submit to CVC.

Simone Hill, coordinator for PETAL, explained that the organizations began the first round of data collection in June 2017. Hill said that the project is being carried out in several countries simultaneously, with the goal of identifying trends of human rights violations in vulnerable populations such as members of the LGBT community, marginalized youths and persons living with HIV.

Apart from data collectors, the project also has a component where a community paralegal assists complainants if they wish to seek redress for their rights violations.

“Some of the common violations we’ve seen thus far include harassment on the street and on the job,” Hill said. “We believe the data is important because there is a lot of stigma and discrimination going on in Belize, and the de information can help to educate people and bring that to an end.”

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