To commemorate Women’s Month and International Women’s Day, during the Month of March 2018, RET International launched its Timely Transparent Response (#TTR) Campaign in Belize, to strengthen the response to Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in Belize over the next twelve months. Individuals, institutions, and groups were challenged to keep the conversation and action going to ensure that we LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND as we prevent GBV and TIP in our Belizean communities. Coincidentally, during this month, there was a significant spike in violence, including violence against women, children, and youth. RET’s intervention was seen as timely, and in particular, supportive and complementary of the National Women’s Commission and the Office of the Special Envoy’s Press for Progress activities for the month.
RET hosted a nationwide Call to Action for 5000 Responders to become official Advocates of all forms of violence, including GBV, TIP, and Corruption, under the banner “Renewed Power to End Violence”, at the Independence Park, Belmopan from 3pm on Tuesday, March 20th. Individuals and organizations in attendance or via media were encouraged to carry out some action or conversation to build awareness of GBV, TIP and other forms of violence, highlight services available in their communities, advocate for stronger response to violence in their communities, and participate in activities or interventions that strengthen the capacity of their community.
National Coordinator, Malenie Barnes, along with a representative from the Association of Justices of the Peace, Maureen Leslie, Mile 41 Reggae Band, and RET’s Policy & Legislation Officer, shared RET’s goal, experiences and testimonials addressing the need for stronger, more accountable and transparent response to violence at the community level. Along with the Call to Action, RET in Belize also launched its ‘Timely Transparent Response #TTR’ Facebook page where we were able to reach over 10,000 persons countrywide with 6000 persons engaged.
RET has been working in Belize since October 2015, through the funding from US Government Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), to build positive leadership capacity of youths and young adults in the Belize, Cayo and Stann Creek districts. Since 2017, RET is working with stakeholders to strengthen the government-civil society partnerships for timely, transparent responses to GBV and TIP in Belize.