Alliance Against AIDSBarzakh Falah ChildrenBelize Audubon SocietyBelize Enterprise for Sustainable TechnologyBelize Family Life AssociationCARE BelizeCottonTree Women’s GroupFajina ChairladiesHaven HouseLeading & EmpoweringOthers in Action & PrincipleWomen’s GroupMary Open DoorsPan American SocialMarketing OrganizationPlenty BelizeProgressive Organization for Women in ActionSazani AssociatesUnited Belize AdvocacyMovementWomen’s Circle of BelizeYouth Enhancement ServicesYoung Women’s ChristianAssociation
WOMEN’S ISSUES NETWORK OF BELIZE
Working to improve the lives of women since 1993
FRIENDS OF WIN-BELIZE
The Women’s Issues Network of Belize (WIN-Belize) was established in 1993 when severalorganizations working on various women’s issues decided to consolidate and strengthen their voiceson gender issues and advocate for women and their families. Since then, WIN-Belize has become alegally registered limited liability company under the Companies Act of Belize. In 2001, WIN-Belizewas also formally registered as a non-government organization under the NGO Act. The Network isgoverned by its Articles of Association (2006), Memorandum of Understanding (2006) and Policy andOperations Manual (2006). A Board of Directors is elected annually from among its 19 registeredmember organizations. The Secretariat is led by an Executive Director who coordinates the day-to-day activities of the Network.These 19 Civil Society Organizations are located throughout the country and address the needs of women and girls from various socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. These include women andchildren living with HIV, victims of commercial sexual exploitation, victims of other forms of gender-based violence, adolescents seeking sexual and reproductive health services, and women organizedto address their need for sustainable livelihoods.The WIN Belize Secretariat has several ongoing programs:
Legal, Medical and Psychosocial Program for Victims of Domestic Violenceand Commercial Sexual Exploitation –
Poverty has led to an increased vulnerability to sexual exploitation. There has been an emergenceof Commercial Sexual Activity and Exploitation amongst children who use these means to pay schoolfees and provide the basic needs of their family. Essentially under age sexual activity has seen anincrease.WIN Belize with aid from the US Department of State, provides professional legal, medical andpsycho-social services for 60 victims of either domestic violence or sexual exploitation.
The Junior Winners program engages girls ages 10-14 in positive leadership and character buildingactivities. Life skills development opportunities are promoted through the use of the Self-esteemConflict Resolution Anger Management and Independent Living Skills (SCAIS) manual. Currently wehave 42 young girls enrolled in this program.
Young Women’s Mentorship Program
WIN Belize is currently providing one-on-one mentorship to guide 10 young women ages 15 - 18along a positive path for self-development. This program will be expanded shortly to the YouthHostel where it is expected that 16 more young women will build their self esteem and be introducedto alternative ways of coping with gender-based violence and other forms of violence in their lives.
With the assistance of our Winners Women’s Group, the Staff of WIN Belize conduct communitybased sessions on Sexuality & Reproductive Health, HIV and Gender Issues.
Do You Want To Become a Friend of WIN Belize andSupport One of these much Needed Programs?