On Thursday it is expected that Belize City will be invaded by women as the 20,000 Strong National Women’s Empowerment Rally takes place. It is an activity organized by the Special Envoy Office, in collaboration with the National Women’s Commission in celebration of Women’s Month.
But all indications are that the news of the rally did not sit too well with the Roman Catholic Church of Belize. And the church makes its sentiments known in a lengthy release issued today by the Bishop of Belize, Dorrick Wright. The release cites that the Roman Catholic Chancery is not in support of the rally since and we quote “The invitation speaks to the complementarily role of men and women as taught to us by Christ through HER church.
Furthermore, the national commission, promotes values that contradict Christian and moral teachings regarding respect for all human life, family, marriage and human sexuality as ordered by God.” End quote.
The release does not end there though. It also states and we quote “We do not believe that the well-being of women can be enhanced by advocacy which promotes abortion and so-called pseudo rights to men and women and same sex relationships.” End of quote. And while the release leaves a lot of room for interpretation and a bitter taste in the mouth for some, we’ll dig deeper into the sentiments of women concerning the release, in tomorrow’s newscast.
As it relates to the rally, women from the districts and surrounding villages will journey by buses and boats while
Belize City women will march from Central American Boulevard to the Marion Jones Stadium where all women will descend for a rally featuring dynamic speakers with women’s rights messages. On March 6th, the envoy is asking all women to wear something orange. This vibrant color brings together every woman under the banner of the UNITE Campaign to end violence against women and girls. Of note is that the aim of the rally is to demonstrate the power, influence and significance of women by showing the Belizean society a day without women. The rally will serve as a platform for a collective approach at finding solutions to the issues that affect the lives of women.