By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter
The Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children is paying homage to outstanding women throughout Belize with its photo exhibition entitled “Milestone.”
The launch of the country-wide tour was held at the Belize City House of Culture last Friday. The exhibit showcases black and white photographs of 12 pioneering women in fields such as medicine, the arts, politics, and even technology.
Additionally, the milestone newspaper was distributed at the launch, honouring another 22 women for the contributions they have made to the country and to women on a whole.
The exhibit features outstanding personalities such as first female Medical Doctor, Bernice Marjorie Hulse; and Belize’s first Lady of Comedy, Beverly Smith Lopez.
At the launch, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow explained that the exhibition is a part of a year’s worth of activities, which began with the “20,000 Women Strong” women’s rally, held in March.
Photographer Briheda Haylock explained at the launch that the exhibition is the culmination of over a month of consistent work since April, between meeting the individual participants and travelling to different venues to take the photos.
Ann Marie Williams, director of the National Women’s Commission, who is also featured in the exhibition, told The Reporter that the next scheduled venues for the exhibit are Belmopan and San Ignacio.
“This initiative is important because it’s not just a photo exhibit but also an opportunity to teach people about these women who have been trail blazers in their respective genres,” Williams said.
The exhibit remains on display at the House of Culture for another week.