By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
Between 500 and 700 women took part in a march on Friday, dubbed 20,000 Strong, in commemoration of Women’s Month.
Organized by the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Women’s Department, the event amassed women from all corners of Belize, with transportation provided by the Women’s Department.
Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, stated that bringing forward the issues that affect women is very important to reduce instances of domestic violence and gender-based issues.
Marching along with the group, Simplis Barrow stated: “We have to make a commitment together to bring gender equality to women and children.”
She stated that the 20,000 strong is a movement of public education that have a resounding messages in households where the initial gender conditioning takes place.
The Special Envoy presented the 20-420 economic plan to back up women entreprenuers. She stated that one of the bases for women equality is economic independence.
Simplis Barrow emphasized that the movement does not intend to ostracize men from the picture of gender equality. “The idea is not take away from men; it is not to subjugate men, but it is an idea to come together against inequality. We want our men to walk beside us and to support us in true equality.”
She added that even though Belize has increased in gender equality, society still has a long way to go to level the field.
She called out to employers to establish fairer policies to level salary equality and regulation for women as mothers and caretakers.