By Benjamin Flowers
Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and children Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, led the Belizean delegation to the first Summit of Wives of Heads of State Governing and Governors of the Central American Integration Systems.
The SEWC also spoke at the conference which was held in Tegucigalpa Honduras on Thursday, October 23 under the theme “Partnership for the prevention and action in the light of the pregnancy in adolescence.”
The summit, hosted by the First Lady of Honduras in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, was geared towards giving priority to teenage pregnancy and related issues on the agenda of the Wives of the Heads of SICA Governments.
Participating countries committed to developing national action plans with measurable short, medium and long term goals for social protection, opportunities, prevention of teenage pregnancy and care of adolescents. Participating countries signed a declaration at the end of the summit affirming their commitment.
The Belizean delegation was comprised of Pulcheria Teul of the National Woman’s Commission, Dr. Joan Burke of the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), Michele Irving of the Women’s Department and Dr. Natalia Beer of the Ministry of Health. Two Belizean teenagers, Christian Padilla and Leah Lopez, also aided the delegation in discussions on how to curbing teen pregnancy among other topics.