Country / Region profile of: Belize

Women in Belize have attained universal suffrage, but are still working toward social and economic equality. Though there has been limited serious armed conflict in Belize, there is a longstanding border dispute with neighbouring Guatemala. While the law criminalises all forms of rape, including spousal rape, there is still a high instance of gender-based and domestic violence. Belize ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1990. Currently, Belize is ranked as 79 of the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Belize voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 19 March 2015. Belize did not participate in October 2017 Open Debate and did not commit to WPS-sensitive issues. There is no NAP adopted for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and no financial commitment to the WPS agenda. Women and women’s rights organisations, like the Women’s Issues Network of Belize, are working to eliminate violence against women and ensure economic equality in the country.

"As a society we all have a part to play to end GBV now! Not when the children are grown, not when you move away, not only when you have captive congregants at church services or when the abuser finds another victim" - Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission (NWC)


$ 22,800,000
Military expenditure
Belize spends USD$ 22,800,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Solar energy
This amount could strengthen sustainable environments for women and girls by buying more than 14,500 solar panels for schools
NAP 1325
Belize does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments