Celebrating Belizean Women in Lead for International Women’s Day 2023

by Khaila Gentle

In March of 2021, to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle introduced our first ever Belizean Women in Lead series. Through the series, we highlighted seven Belizean trailblazers fearlessly standing up to the challenges faced by women in tourism and hospitality.

CC+L’s Belizean Women in Lead 2023

This year, we continue that tradition of putting a spotlight on inspirational Belizean women by reviving our “Belizean Women in Lead” series. Throughout the month of March, we will be featuring Belizean women that have been champions in their field.

More About this Year’s International Women’s Day Theme: #EmbraceEquity

Source: Maggie Demidova for International Women’s Day

The focus for this year’s International Women’s Day is embracing equity to forge a gender equal world.

International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, was first celebrated in the year 1911. Ever since then, the day has been a focal point in the women’s rights movement, underscoring the importance of gender equality and raising awareness for reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

Similarly, Women’s History Month, which was first observed in 1981, celebrates the contributions of women in society.

Both International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month serve to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women

Last year’s global campaign theme, Break the Bias, put a focus on letting go of gender stereotypes. This year, we will continue to challenger gender stereotypes with the campaign theme Embrace Equity.

We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Collective activism is what drives change. From grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, we can all embrace equity.

The #EmbraceEquity campaign seeks to highlight the important difference between equality and equity.

Image Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

More than just granting women a level playing field, equity means curating a global culture that actively promotes and supports them in all aspects of their life. That includes in education, in the workplace, in health, and more.

There are a number of missions being highlighted this International Women’s Day to forge a gender equal world. They include celebrating the women forging change, elevating the visibility of women creatives, and building workplaces where women thrive.

Happy Women’s History Month from the Team at CC+L!

Today, women in both business and hospitality, bring with them a great range of perspective and expertise. They’re fearless in voicing their opinions and have been instrumental in contributing to the success of the Belizean economy. Their presence is much more profound than ever and we want to continue to celebrate and share this.

-Tanya McNab, Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle Founder & Creative Director

Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle is proudly made up of an (almost) all-women led team. Happy Women’s Month! And Happy International Women’s Day in advance. Let’s all #EmbraceEquity in 2023 and beyond. We look forward to sharing our Belizean Women in Lead 2023 with you in the coming days and weeks.


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