Last year, WIN-Belize collaborated with over seventy organizations and schools to address issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence through its second Torch Run during the 16 Days of Activism. This event facilitated the unifying of men, women and children in responding to Gender Based Violence as well as HIV/AIDS. A torch of hope was carried by runners through the principal streets of Belize’s district towns. WIN-Belize additionally advocated for the elimination of stigma and discrimination, encouraged victims of abuse to speak out and promoted the importance of uniting families to put an end to these societal ills that continue to plague our communities.
Due to the success of last year’s Torch Run, the Women’s Issues Network of Belize (WIN-Belize) is planning to hold another Torch Run during the sixteen days of activism to strengthen awareness about these issues, as well as bring them to the forefront of national consciousness in its ongoing effort to receive a unified response.
The dates set for the torch run are as follows:
Punta Gorda, November 17th
Dangriga, November 18th
Belmopan & San Ignacio, November 20th
Belize City, November 23rd
San Pedro, November 24th
Caye Caulker, November 27th
Orange Walk, November 28th
Corozal, December 1st
This year’s event will include a Rock the Mic (against HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence) Concert. A local band “Some Dudes” from Orange Walk Town will perform live mainstream rock music at the Lion’s Den. Needless to say, a venture as this one requires a lot of funding. WIN Belize, prides itself in being a not for profit organization and as such we have minimal financial resources. We are, therefore, requesting a kind assistance from your business establishment. Accommodations, transportation and lack of finance are among our highest priorities. If you would like to provide a room, meal or monetary donation, please let us know. It will be a night for the entire town to enjoy. Please, we need your support to make it happen.
Kindly contact The San Pedro Sun, Maria Novelo at 226-2070 or 605-7279. One man, one woman, one people! United for HIV/Aids and Gender based violence!!!
Coordinator for San Pedro
Women’s Issues Network of Belize (WIN-Belize)
28 Dean Street, P.O. Box 2471,
Belize City, Belize
Tel: 227-1069; fax: 227-1068