Women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage in 2020. Twenty-five years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—a progressive roadmap for gender equality—it’s time to take stock of progress and bridge the gaps that remain through bold, decisive actions.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve. Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership.
Events are planned throughout March in each district, covering topics such as health (for example BFLA are running a pap smear propomotion), sports (there are several Sports Summits being run by the National Sports Council and the Department of Youth Services), to skills training (computer skills classes for Seniors being run by the Turton Library Centre). Events are being organised for all ages, with a Workshop for High School Girls organised by Port Layola Organisation for Women, and for men too with a workshop on the 21st. Please look at the full calendar for more details on these, and other events such as Tea Parties, Community Service Days, Talks, Forums, and Lectures, and the Women’s Awards Ceremony where a number of women will be honoured for their work.
The Sustainable Development Goals are also celebrating Goal 5 this month – Gender Equality. See here for lots of facts, data and other international events celebrating women this month. Below is the official International Women’s Day 2020: We are #GenerationEquality video…”


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At the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, empowerment is at the heart of the programs, projects and activities we undertake within our four departments. Our hope is that “helping people to help themselves” will lead to the development of our citizens to positively contribute to the social transformation within communities, including poverty alleviation. We aspire to see all our citizens contributing positively to the development of Belize.

Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation


The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is the lead entity of the Government of Belize in the development of people, enabling them to realize their full potential and play a meaningful role in their communities


In collaboration with all relevant partners, to facilitate policy development and to implement programmes that promote social justice and equity, enabling people to be self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens

Principles and Values

  • Social Justice
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Family Preservation
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Participation
  • Respect and appreciation for the people being served

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