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Kim Simplis Barrow with her fist raised in a group of empowered young women.Kim Simplis Barrow with her fist raised in a group of empowered young women.

We envision a peaceful,
just and equitable Belize.

Women for Peace, Justice and Equality is a Belize based advocacy group which promotes equal rights and justice, especially among women, girls and other vulnerable groups.

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About Women for Peace, Justice & Equality

Women for Peace Justice and Equality is a group of influential Belizean women who are dedicated to promoting, advocating for, and influencing legal reform and policy development. WPJE will elaborate and implement programs that will encompass Peace, Justice, and Equality for all… particularly, women, girls, and other vulnerable groups.

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Peace, Justice and Equality for all...

As an action group, we work to mobilize efforts around:
Gender equality and Women’s Rights

Recognizing that women and girls play an important role as agents of development while engaging men and boys as strategic partners and allies.

Human rights for all

Recognizing that it is the States’ and other institutions’ duty to implement their human rights obligations.

Accountability and inclusivity

Recognizing that institutions are to be held accountable to ensure access to justice and public services.

Our main areas of focus include:

Gender-based violence

Women’s rights and empowerment

Discriminatory policies and practices

Inclusivity and access to justice

Men as strategic partners

Gender-based violence

Socialization of girls and boys

Our Vision

Women for Peace, Justice and Equality desires a Belize where the human rights of all are promoted, valued, and respected.

Our Mission

Women for Peace, Justice and Equality will be a catalyst for change, thereby promoting, advocating for, and influencing legal reform, policy development and the elaboration and implementation of programs that will encompass peace, justice, and equality for all, particularly, women, girls and other vulnerable groups.

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Our Guiding Pillars

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We envision a world where we live in harmony – with people and with nature. Through strategic partnerships we will engage with international and regional agencies to create and implement a strategic direction (action plan) and support dialogue.

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Women, girls, and other vulnerable population are the first to be adversely affected by any pandemic, poverty, natural disasters, conflict, violence and antiquated legislations. Our goal is to empower our women, girls and vulnerable groups to ensure that their human rights are protected.

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To advocate for and promote equal rights and opportunities for women, girls and other vulnerable groups.

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We align with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

According to the United Nations Development Program,

Women’s empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality rate.

It contributes to improved health and nutrition and increases the chances of education for the next generation in addition to other positive development outcomes.

With this in mind, we will advance our advocacy work through the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, in particular SDG #5 and SDG #16.

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Our Partners

United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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Meet the women who are making it happen.

Kim Simplis Barrow

Kim Simplis Barrow

Founder of Women for Peace, Justice & Equality

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is a Belizean activist for women and children’s rights and development, a philanthropist and the wife of Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow who was the 4th Prime Minister of Belize (2008 – 2020). In 2008 she was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize. She served in this capacity and lent forceful advocacy on behalf of women, children and adolescents with a particular focus on gender equality, children’s rights, violence against women, and legislative reform. She is also the Founder of Lifeline Foundation, a non-profit that supports children in the form of nutrition, improved sanitation facilities, enhances classroom infrastructure and educational materials.

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Laura Tucker Longsworth

Laura Tucker Longsworth

Director of Women for Peace, Justice & Equality

Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth is a lifelong member of the Nurses Association of Belize and is the chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee for the Nurses and Midwives Council. She is the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and is the third woman and first Nurse to ascend to this prestigious position. She served as Chairperson of the National AIDS Commission and is a past president of the Belize Cancer Society. She is also a director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), which is a regional organization that promotes prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in Caribbean Communities.

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Judith Alpuche

Judith Alpuche

Director of Women for Peace, Justice & Equality

Judith Alpuche has worked in the social sector in Belize for the past 25 years, primarily in the areas of children’s and women’s rights. She began her career as a child protection social worker in the Ministry of Human Development. Throughout her career, she has held key posts inBelize’s social sector including head of the national adoption and foster care programme, Early Childhood and Education Specialist at UNICEF Belize, ExecutiveDirector of the National Committee for Families and Children and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Human Development.

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Sharon Ramclam

Sharon Ramclam

Director of Women for Peace, Justice & Equality

Ms. Sharon Ramclam is a natural resource professional working with development institutions for the past 24 years. Sharon has extensive technical and executive leadership experience in natural resources policy, planning, and strategy development; biodiversityconservation; trust fund management and project monitoring, and evaluation. Sharonhas spent the past ten years designing innovative solutions to protect nature andstrengthen the resilience of institutions and communities to adapt to climate change. Sharon has held numerous executive level positions in both thegovernment and non-government sectors and now serves as a lead consultant in the private sector.

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