The Belize Youth Movement is the youth arm of the People’s United Party, responsible for the promotion of political, educational, cultural and sporting activities among its members as well as carry out general Party work aimed at preparing the youth members of the party for working towards the fulfillment of the aims and objectives of the Party.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Account: BYM Youths
Young people are recognized not only as future leaders, but as actors of society today, with a direct stake in the development process. We believe that young people should participate in the decisions taken today about the resources of tomorrow. We aim at moving forward with the peaceful constructive Belizean revolution, and spreading the message, the goals and the vision of the People’s United Party promoting education, teaching leadership skill and preparing youths for a brighter, safer and better future.
Creating young leaders, hope, opportunity and results.
The activities of the BYM shall be aimed at preparing the youth members for working towards the fulfillment of the aims and objects of the P.U.P, as defined in Article 2 of the Constitution and at promoting political, educational, cultural and sporting activities amongst its members.
The Belize Youth Movement also plays a significant role in addressing the social ills affecting our young people of Belize.
The National Executive of the BYM consists of: a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, a Chief of Staff, a Public Relations Officer, and one member from each district of Belize (Total 13), and meets at least once every three months.
The National Executive of the BYM shall:
1. Convene the annual conference,
2. Be responsible for guiding and coordinating the functions of the respective constituency chapters,
3. Draw up an annual program for consideration of the Annual Conference and approval of the National Council, and
4. Submit a quarterly report of its activities to the National Executive.
The United Women’s Group (UWG) is the women’s arm of the People’s United Party (PUP). It was established in February 1959 by Gwendolyn Lizarraga (Madam Liz as she is popularly known); a woman that advocated for social justice and empowerment of women.
Gwen Lizarraga began recruiting women in Belize City at PUP divisional meetings and by the end of March 1959 had 900 members, which rose to fourteen hundred (1,400) by May. In April Lizarraga began recruiting in the districts, and branches were founded in Stann Creek and Cayo (both in San Ignacio and half dozen villages) where groups of PUP women had been mobilized since at least 1954. Soon after branches were formed in Maskall and Orange Walk, then in Sand Hill, Benque Viejo and Punta Gorda. By November 1959, membership had reached five thousand (thirty-five hundred outside of Belize City alone) and only Corozal had no members. It formed its branch in May 1960.
Gwen Lizarraga was a great woman of this country who always thought of the poor and needy. In politics, her influence was broad and deep and her experience in social work had helped her to get to know many poor people and their support for her in every election had been very impressive.
The aim of the UWG still remains the same today; to raise the consciousness of Belizean women in the history, politics, culture, economy, health and society of Belize so as to empower them. This the UWG does through health fairs and meetings in the many different branch locations.
Gwendolyn Margurite Lizarraga was born in Maskall Village on 11th July, 1901 to parents Sidney Smith and Guadalupe Smith nee Baeza. She was educated at Mr. Datsun Primary School, St. Mary’s Primary School and later went on to St. Catherine’s Academy. She later married a police photographer Victor Manuel Lizarraga in 1926 and had five children. But, Gwen Lizarraga was not only a mother; she was also a businesswoman and a successful chicle and mahogany contractor in northern Belize.
Gwen Lizarraga was unlike other women of her time; she wore pants, carried a gun, smoked cigarettes and drove a land rover as she went about her business to the chicle and mahogany camps. She was known to be a very outspoken businesswoman and legislator and dealt with big companies like Wrigley’s, Castillo and Thurton. Before she got into politics she was very active in the social scene and that was when she formed the United Women’s Group. Wherever she went she tried to assist people around her, especially women in unfortunate conditions. She was once a probation officer in the Social Development Department where she organized women’s group and centers geared towards the advancement of women. Madam Liz as she was commonly known was the co-founder of United Women’s Credit Union, where they encouraged women to save even if they could only afford $0.25 per week.
During the 1950’s and before Universal Adult Suffrage only property owners were allowed to vote so Madam Liz assisted women in acquiring their own house and lot.
In 1961 Madam Liz decided to enter the political reigns and won in the Pickstock division for three terms. She was first elected in 1961 and became the Minister of Education, Housing and Social Services. There were five challengers in that division that year, but Lady Lizarraga garnered 69% of the votes. It was the first year that a woman even ran in the national elections in Belize.
She was then elected for a second term in 1965 and served again as the Minister of Education, Housing and Social Services. She firmly believed that everyone was entitled to a house and lot and assisted people in acquiring their housing lots. She’s remembered for assisting a woman in locating her lot covered by bushes and mud.
In 1969 she was elected for a third term and served once again as the Minister of Education and Housing. This is when she began the building of low cost homes in King’s Park, Lake Independence and Queen Square areas. She was very interested in improving the housing conditions and providing educational opportunities for youths. While she was the Minister of Education the first Junior Secondary School was established in 1968 which later became Gwen Lizarraga High School and she also endorsed the bill for the introduction of Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to Belize.
This exceptional woman holds at least two records in this country: as she was the first woman to be elected to the National Assembly and first female minister. She was also the only politician who made no secret of her opposition to the granting of a casino concession in the country of Belize.
Madam Liz was an excellent chess player as well and helped organize the first chess club in Belize. She conducted pioneer work as a folklorist and choreographer in the revival of the Mestizada dances.
Gwendolyn Margurite Lizarraga passed away on June 9th, 1975 at the age of 73 years. The pallbearers for her funeral included the then Premier Hon. George C. Price and then Deputy Premier Carl Lindbergh Rogers. Internment was at Lord’s Ridge Cemetery.
You are eligible for membership in the United Women’s Group if you:
(a) Accept the creed, aim and objectives, principles and policies of the P.U.P.
(b) Are not members of any other political party or of any organization whose principles or policies are contrary to or inconsistent with those of the P.U.P.
(c) Have attained the age of 18 years.
(d) Have been an active member of the People’s United Party for a minimum of 2 years.
That I pledge to work for the achievement of the aims and objectives of the peaceful, constructive Belizean revolution. To work for the principles, policies and programs of the People’s United Party. To abide by the constitution, discipline and decisions of the People’s United Party. To vote and encourage others to vote for all candidates of the People’s United Party in all election and Not to be a member or supporter of any other political party or organization which principles, policies or programs are contrary to or inconsistent with those of the People’s United Party.
So help me God.
The Marshalls-Community Service Corps is comprised of members of the P.U.P. as choose to join it, and is organized on a constituency basis:
Provided that in urban areas with more than one constituency, the Corps functions as one unit. All matters relating to the organization and functioning of the Corps is governed by Regulations.
President: Mr. Nigel Belisle
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The Order of Distinguished Service is one of the most vital arms of the People’s United Party and is made of stalwart generals of the Party, many of whom have served faithfully and well for decades. This is the oversight entity to which the Party Leader and Executive turn when there are new candidates for Convention or election who require vetting and approval. The ODS also oversees many of the internal processes of the Party to ensure strict adherence to the Constitution which guides the PUP, and provides invaluable input in critical decisions.