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Women's Agenda 2012-2016

Women's Agenda 2012-2016

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Published by: Lisa Shoman on Feb 15, 2012
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Women’s
Agenda 2012
“ 
 
Forging Partnerships, Impacting Lives” 
 
INTRODUCTION:
The People’s United Party (PUP) is the only political party in the history of Belize
that has taken a serious approach to empowering women through meaningfulinclusion in every sector of our Nation.The PUP administration of (1998-
2008) was very committed to women’s reform.
While much has been accomplished, there is still much more to be done for theempowerment and inclusion of more women in key areas of our society.
The PUP, and the United Women’s Group (UWG), remains committed to building
a Belize free from inequality, discrimination, and oppression of women and girls.The
Women’s Agenda 2012 – 
 
Forging partnerships Impacting Lives
addressesthe issues that impact women and their families ranging from equality in theworkplace and economic equity, to international development; from affirmativeaction to women in parliament; from education and sports issues to healthchallenges.Our policy agenda comprises the building blocks for a society free from inequality,oppression and discrimination that continue to face many women and girls from allwalks of life.In order for the following concerns to be fully addressed, the government mustappropriately allocate its resources to invest in the needs of its citizens. There mustbe a balance when it comes to adequate investment in the economic security of women and families.The PUP and the UWG remains vigilant and committed to continue doing our partin the advancement and empowerment of women in Belize.
 
 
I.
 
Socio-Cultural Issues
 
Create and strengthen policies to improve the quality, affordabilityand accessibility of child care and learning
 
Review the criteria of the non-contributory pension scheme forwomen 65 years and older.
 
Continue Appoint a Special Ambassador to represent and advocate forBelizean women and children at home and abroad.
 
Establish an Unemployment Benefit Program for single head of household women who have lost their jobs.
 
Introduce gender mainstreaming into public policy as a strategy for apluralistic approach that values the diversity among both women andmen.
 
Review and strengthen the Domestic Violence Unit to make it moreresponsive and effective.
 
Establish shelters for homeless and battered women.
 
Highlight and promote women in arts and culture at the local andinternational level.
II.
 
Education Goals
 
Ensure the availability of academic and psychological counseling forstudents, K- 4
th
form.
 
Review and enhance the technical and vocational program at ITVETto create a more practical program to meet the needs of the market.
 
Focus on establish non-traditional employment and agriculturalprograms for women.
 
Encourage and promote literacy clubs.
 
Establish a women’s mentorship program.
 
III.
 
Housing
 
Provide fiscal incentives to businesses, which contribute to build lowincome houses for single parent headed households.

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