By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over equipment valued at $184,000 to different government departments on Friday in Belize City.
The equipment, which was handed over at the Racoon Street Police Station, went to departments in the Ministries of Health, National Security and Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.
The equipment will help them strengthen their ability to collect and analyze data on violence against women and human trafficking, in their plight in dealing with prevention of violence against women.
Access to reliable data is essential for decision making and to plan programs to abate these issues. The data collection resources will reinforce the departments to carry out these functions.
The resources were handed over under the BA1 Project, which falls under the Central American Security Strategy (CASS) and emphasizes the Prevention of Violence Against Women, Human Trafficking and Femicide in Belize.
The CASS is working to address a large number of issues, including risk factors of violence and the protection mechanisms in place to protect youth affected by violence, issues of armed violence, gender-based violence, smuggling of migrants and human trafficking, issues related to drug use and climate change.