As Belize observed International Women’s Day, Mexican Ambassador CarlosQuesnel Melendez joined the celebration of Belizean women’s contribution to the Belize’s development by hosting a breakfast for the women of the diplomatic corps at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City on Wednesday morning, March 8.
Pioneer Belizean women legislators like Gwendolyn Lizarraga and Faith Babb came to mind as Ambassador Quesnel encouraged his guest to celebrate the courage and determination of the women on the ground who have played a key role in the history of the country. He remarked that it was an important opportunity to reflect on the progress Belize has made in the development of women’s rights, to propose further changes and reforms, and to call to action to accelerate the movement to gender parity.
Quenel called for support for better access to more educational opportunities for girls and women, to better health care and for more opportunities in professional development of women. He also urged for more representation in the political and economic decision-making processes of thecountry and for stronger communities for women. In these endeavors, we should not only try to empower women and girls, but the men should also become involved in the process, working together to achieve gender equality and equity.
He noted that the United Nations had first celebrated International Women’s Day in 1975, and two years later the U.N. General Assembly had adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed by its members on March 8.the International Women’s Day has become an excellent opportunity to reflect on the progress made on the development of women’s rights, to ask for more changes and to celebrate the courage and determination of women on the ground who have played a key role in the history of their countries and communities, promoting the empowerment of women all over the world.