Final Evaluation: Implementation of National Gender-based Violence Plan of Action (Belize)
Grantee: Women’s Department of the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation
Grant Period: 1 November 2012 - 31 October 2015
Grant Amount: $539,350
Between 2012 and 2015, the Women’s Department of Belize’s Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation received support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women for the project “Implementation of National Gender-based Violence Plan of Action”. The project aimed to ensure that every woman and girl in Belize lives free from violence through effective implementation of the Plan of Action.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- Training sessions for teachers and police improved their ability to deliver sensitive services to women and girls, although the issues of continuous in-service training and protocol development still need to be addressed to enhance the project’s sustainability.
- Project activities and strategies responded to the needs of women and girls, but greater stakeholder involvement is needed to improve the ownership of and commitment to the project by women and girls.
- The evaluation highlighted the need to identify the role of Indigenous community leaders in strategies to combat gender-based violence, including by developing a specific work plan.
- The project’s results informed the National Gender-based Plan of Action 2016-2020, which promotes a coordinating body to encourage protection of women and their access to effective protective and supportive services.