When we mention the word “women” a lot of people from both divides wonder what about them. Many or most of our Belizean women are not gainfully employed. But being a mom, leader, housewife is a 24/7 job. There is a saying that the best economists are our women but here in our country, many are downtrodden and disrespected. So, what is the role of women in the development of Belize? As a well-known activist once said, “women are half the voting population in our democracy and as such need to be politically empowered”. Whilst the whole world has seen more women prime ministers and presidents, Belize is very far from that, but the BPF is about to change that with its 50 % women mandate.
One of the reasons is that many homes are being led by single mothers and where discipline becomes a problem. In many instances single mothers must work to put food on the table. Children are many times left unattended to because mom is working. And imagine when she does not have a job, then she has to forage for her children doing whatever is necessary to feed them. Where are the dead-beat dads? Many of these women are being taken advantage of by their own bosses at work because of their situations. In fact, some mothers in these situations subject themselves to horrendous episodes of abuse in order to keep their jobs or get a favor to help bring food to their children and siblings. Such situations in broken homes leads some children to start to hustle at an early age, drop out of school, and end up in gangs or committing crimes. Indeed, there needs to be more appreciation for our females and women. The social fabric of our nation revolves around them. It is not easy to be a single mother when our institutions are not there to mitigate their plight or help in feeding and clothing children.
Today we are hearing of another growing number of rape crimes to children 5 to 10 years of age. Where is our country heading? What kind of “animals” would perpetuate something like this? Even the animals are more decent than these. Where are our institutions? Why are our courts letting these pedophiles free into our society again? Which well-rounded and educated man, except for lawyers, would want to defend them? The questions keep piling up and there are no answers to help protect this integral part of our society. Our women and children are suffering, and the end is seemingly, nowhere in sight!
Where is the minister in charge of security in this country? While he is involved in a scandal, we believe that it’s better for him to do the honorable thing and resign. Belizeans and our tourists alike don’t feel safe in our country. None from the PUDP are taking a strong or bold step to curb the incidence of crime and violence. None are advocating for our women and children. People are tired of all the rhetoric spewed by both parties when in government. None have publicly announced that they would champion anti-corruption with the enacting fully of the United Nations Commission Against Corruption (UNCAC). None are worried about our economy and employment generation. None have done anything for our human resources to better their lives especially of our Belizean mothers, single mothers, children and the elderly. There are no adult education centers in our country. Everywhere is corruption, corruption, corruption!!!
Ms. Antonia Sanchez
Director: Belize People’s Front Women’s Affair
Standard Bearer: Orange Walk Central Constituency