Nov. 25-Dec. 10, 2012
March 21, 2012
WIP (Cohort II) graduates 22
Women's Rights Handbook
Launched Dec. 10, 2012
CEDAWs recommendations to Belize's 3rd & 4th Periodic Report.
NWC Sweeps Reginal Awards
Executive Director Ann-Marie Williams accepts US $10,000 from Daniel Baker, Dir. UNFPA, Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean.
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What is The National Women's Commission?
Established in 1982, The National Women's Commission of Belize (NWC) serves as an advisory body to the Government on issues relating to women. Its establishment was a part of an overall effort of the Government to meet a series of international commitments, commencing in 1975 when Belize participated in the First World Conference on Women, to improve the situation of the nation's women and girls.
In 1990, Belize both signed and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This international 'Bill of Rights' for women sets standards and principles for the enjoyment of all civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights.
The National Women's Commission is a body of individual women and men appointed by the Government to function as a strategic guidance and oversight mechanism for the achievement of gender equality, equity and women's empowerment in Belize (GEEWE). The NWC falls under the portfolio of the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation.
Specifically, the National Women's Commission has the mandate to:
The commission shall be comprised of members appointed by the Minister of Human Development and Social Transformation. The appointment shall include the Director of the Women's Department and the Executive Director of the Women's Issues Network (WIN-Belize) as ex-officio members.
The Executive Committee
The executive of the commission shall comprise a chairperson to be appointed by the Minister, and a vice-chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer to be elected from among the members. The chairperson shall receive a stipend in recognition of her duties. Other commissioners receive no remuneration for their service.
Role of the Chairperson
The chair is responsible for providing the overall direction for the work of the Commission. The chairperson also oversees the work of the secretariat and acts as a resource person in the implementation of the commission's Action Plan.
The commission shall be supported by a secretariat headed by an executive director. The commission may contract the services of other staff and technical experts as required for its effective and efficient operation.