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2023-1 WIPO WOMEN IN POLITICS

This course is designed to recruit and socialize a critical mass of women to run for elections at all levels - Village Council, Town/Municipal, and National. The data show that over the years, selectorates have left women behind, half of Belize’s voting population. Currently, of the thirty-one (31) seats in the House of Representatives only three (3) are held by women. Therefore, this course will provide participants with an understanding of the barriers women face when running for and holding political office as well as the knowledge and skills they need to navigate those barriers and obstacles. This course explores the history of women's political participation in Belize and the wider Caribbean region and issues germane to politics and national development. Through guest speakers, seminars, readings, case studies, interactive discussions, and experience sharing with parliamentarians, participants will examine and analyze the impact of gender, race, and class on political leadership and explore strategies for overcoming gender inequality in institutions. The course will address the dearth of women in politics by recruiting a critical mass of women and men champions from professionals working in government, non-profit organizations, academia, and advocacy groups. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to run for elections or support women's transformational leadership.