Five Belizean women are in Castries, St. Lucia as a part of the Cohort II of the “Advancing Transformational Leadership for Gender Justice” training. The women are Diana Codrington; Chair of the Blackman Eddy Village Council, Hyacinth Latchman, former City Councillor, Jacqueline Willoughby, Public Officer and Union Activist, Earth Lopez, University Student and Shari Williams-Cadle, Communications Officer at the National Institute of Culture and History. According to Ann-Marie Williams, Project Advisory Committee Member for Belize the women will join 16 other Caribbean women leaders from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Haiti to develop their analytical skills, sound judgment, increase their advocacy and networking skills to influence development processes in political institutions, public systems and in Civil Society. This second of its kind training institute began on Sunday and ends on June 9. The training is the brainchild of the Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership, (CIWIL) which is a flagship network producing high quality research, documentation, analysis and training to advance women’s transformational leadership and increase the numbers of women in politics, leadership and decision-making at all levels in the Caribbean.

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