Ministry of Defence Hosts First WPS Policy Development Workshop in Belize Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

The Ministry of Defence has hosted the first ever Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Policy Development Workshop in Belize. The event took place from February 27, 2018 to March 2, 2018 at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters at Mile 4 ½ George Price Highway.

The main objective of the workshop was to lay the groundwork as to how the Government of Belize can increase women’s participation in efforts to promote security, maintain peace, and prevent conflict. This is in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and in support of Belize’s national security goals (National Security and Defence Strategy 2017-2020). The workshop emphasized the idea that “when women have a seat at the table, security policies and outcomes are more responsive, inclusive, and sustainable”.

The workshop ended with a draft policy statement being presented to Felix Enriquez, CEO of Defence, General Steven Ortega, Commander, BDF, and Cpt. Elton Bennett, Deputy Commandant, Belize Coast Guard. The draft policy was presented in the form of a goal: “to empower women as equal partners in the development of a prosperous and stable Belize, especially in achieving our national security goals”.

Blake Peterson, US Department of State Policy Advisor on WPS, US Military Personnel, and senior officers of the Ministry of Defence, Belize Defence Force, and the Belize Coast Guard participated in the process. Belize is leading the way as the first country in Central America and the Caribbean laying the groundwork for an articulated Women, Peace, and Security policy.

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