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Planet earth has sustained life for over 3.5 billion years but for how long will it keep doing so? That’s a question that we should ask ourselves considering the fact that a great number of species have become extinct and others have become endangered mainly because of human-induced activities that are having irreversible damages on our environment.  Presently, our earth is experiencing the effects of global warming or what others know as climate change.  Global warming increases with population growth because for the most part, it is the increase …

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Promiscuity as we know it is the practice of having casual sex with multiple sex partners.  Such practice is very evident in our modern society.  Many people think that because such things as condoms and contraceptives exist,  STI’s, HIV, and unwanted pregnancies shouldn’t be a problem but truth of the matter is that the problem is still there and mainly because of misconceptions, wrong information or simply the lack of it.  While the problem is also due to the countless numbers of careless people who despite knowing the facts feel like superman or …

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A little girl about 7 years old kissing a veranda post (like making out) can be pretty hilarious but what does a little girl know about making out as much as kissing?   Many of our young girls aren’t girls anymore but girls that think and behave like women and in some instances even girls who are forced to become women at an early age.  It becomes quite scary when we look around us and see the countless numbers of young girls who become pregnant and stop school.  The real problem of course …

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Reducing fertility is a pressing problem in this century.   Great efforts are being made in trying to educate people, especially young people and women, about best safe practices and the importance of family planning and contraception.  However, population growth still remains greatest in poor countries that do not have the means to support their present populations, much less future ones. As population increases, low-income societies like Belize have to make a global commitment to provide not only food but also housing, schools and employment.  And based on Belize’s current …

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On a previous blog I mentioned about the sexual revolution that took place in the 1960’s and wanted to give some further thoughts on the subject.  This revolution had special importance for women because, historically, women were and continue to be subjects to greater sexual regulation than men.  Society has labeled men as the superior sex allowing and even encouraging men to be sexually active regardless if he is married or not.  Women on the other hand, are expected to remain chaste before marriage and faithful to their husbands …

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In a Sociology class discussion earlier this week, we were talking about how sexual practices, behavior and attitudes have changed over the years making sex less of a taboo and more casual. Today, people aren’t uneasy to take about sex and their sexuality as they were back then. Although sex has a biological foundation, sexuality is in many societies a cultural issue. Sexuality encompasses not only the act of having sex but also the behaviors and attitudes of individuals with respect to the people around them. Cultural norms that …

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The world would be the most awesome, happiest place to live if everybody was treated equal, if poverty, war and famine never existed, if pollution and global warming weren’t destroying our biosphere.  IF ONLY…

Many of these problems are directly and indirectly linked to the lack of sexual and reproductive health education and services and the violation of our sexual and reproductive rights and some people just don’t know.   Many people do not realize the terrible impacts of overpopulation on our environment and what’s even worse; people fail to realize …

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Presently, many young girls and women in our societies have an education and work in areas where once upon a time only men could have had the privilege.  But regardless of education and status, many women are still being used and abused and their rights not respected.  Throughout history, women have fought gender-based stereotypes and have proven to be as equal and as capable as men.  Without the input of women, our societies would be completely dysfunctional. Why then, despite being born equal and having human rights and sexual …

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Family size may matter to those who are studying, working or who have other goals in life other than forming a family.  It is common to hear nowadays that people do not want to have kids and even more common to hear that some couples are actually considering adopting kids.  However, there are still communities in the world where people especially women feel pressured to have children.  Culture plays an essential role in the formation of families in some communities.  In class this week, a young girl boldly stood …

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As I sat on my verandah on a beautiful sunny afternoon drinking coffee and contemplating on the beautiful scenery I had in front of me, I realized that someday all this beauty will be gone.  I am lucky to live in a place that is not yet over-populated and where the essence of nature can still be breathed in the minute you walk out of your door. 

 Many of us are gifted to live in such places that are becoming extinct because of our own selfish desires.  But how many of us actually take time to walk …

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After a very interesting conversation with some girls from school, I realized that many people still consider emergency contraception or the morning-after pill an abortive pill.  Of course, this has a lot to do with the religious backgrounds of many people – “Once the seed has been planted, life has already began”. These are just some of the commonly used phrases that people use to support their argument against the emergency contraception.  

The emergency contraception however, is not an abortive pill and like the name says it, it’s only …

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Homosexuality has been linked to AIDS from the beginning when the epidemic was first identified in 1981.  In those days, early media referred to it as Gay-Related Immune Deficiency (GRID) meaning it only struck gay men.   Today, the connection between AIDS and gay men still  exist despite the fact that not only gay men engage in anal sex.  Many people consider anal intercourse against the order of nature but truth of the matter is, even heterosexuals partners indulge in such act.  Therefore, I believe that the act is not …

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Global warming is affecting everyone, anywhere in the world.  Some scientists say that the earth could warm by an additional 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit during the 21st century if we fail to cut down emissions from burning fossil fuels.  So far and as we have noted, things haven’t gotten any better when it comes to this.  The rise in temperature is having far-reaching effects on the earth’s climate pattern and on all living things.  Humans are not an exception and in Belize, we are suffering some of the hottest temperatures that make …

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Homosexuality in Belize is an issue of great controversy because as society dictates, homosexuality is utterly wrong.  Anything that goes against what society claims is right is off beam, immoral and punishable.  Belize is a country founded upon Christian principles and as Bishop Dorrick Wright, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize says, "We have the story from the old testament of Sodom and Gomorrah, God destroyed a whole country, a whole place because of this same reason. I am not certain if he will do this to the

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I’ll never completely understand the mentality that many young people have about sex.  It is obvious that many young people feel pressured to become sexually active but even despite the so called “social pressure” young people seem to believe that sex is the only other thing that makes them fit in a world where “everybody is doing it”. 

I was reading a Facebook status the other day that said, “Ever since sex became easier to get, love became harder to find”.  Even if love weren’t involved, it is safe …

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 I have noticed that as time goes by, young people are less inclined to education. The financial reason behind the fact that some young people do not obtain an education is quite obvious in some situations but does education really start in school? For those who do not have the opportunity to study in an institution or simply to continue their schooling, education may seem like something exclusive and inconsequential. After all, how many graduates actually get a job after they finish studying? Nevertheless, education is far beyond the …

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Our environment includes everything around us both natural and man-made. However, the importance of our natural environment to our survival is something that many people hardly realize. It’s as if everything natural – the trees, birds, water, soil, animals etc. – are inexhaustible. The other day, as I was coming back home from my daily run, I saw a group of boys shooting birds on the side of the road. I ran passed them thinking that maybe they were killing the birds for food. However, the following day I …

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Right or wrong?

I say wrong!

I will never understand why most people who are so devoted to religion and their church are the most immoral and incongruent people in the world. Most of these suppose-to-be “holy” people are always making nonsensical decisions that many times other people outside the religious dome observe. Take for example, a pastor marrying a 14 year old girl with a young man in his early 20’s. Many people in my village were repelled by such an act and questioned the supposed benevolence and …

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Resources as we know it are simply things that we can obtain from the environment to meet our human needs and wants. Forests are renewable resources that perform a number of vital natural services that are crucial to our survival. Many people fail to realize this fact especially if some of their basic needs such as lumber, food and fuel for cooking and heating come directly from the forest. But apart from actually providing us with these vital goods, forests are important because they conserve biodiversity. In areas where …

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with GoJoven and Youth for the Future (YFF) held a special training called Training of Trainers (TOT) for young leaders who have committed themselves to educate out of school youth between the ages of 15-24 years in Belize. The main purpose of the TOT is to teach young facilitators ways on how to carry out effective presentations, outline activity designs, and adapt all these techniques to suit the needs and interests of young people. The TOT is designed in a way …

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I am not, by no means promoting sex. When I first thought about it, it felt a little weird to actually have people coming over to my house asking for condoms. This weird feeling was accompanied with a tinge apprehension because I was afraid of what my parents and family would think about me. Fortunately, while my Dad did not like the idea of our house turning into a condom dispensary, I had the full support of my Mom who eventually convinced Dad that what I was doing was …

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We all have different opinions on whether or not family size matters especially in a world where our resources are becoming scarcer. Those living in developed countries and even urban areas in developing countries find it hard to understand why women in developed countries and rural areas have large numbers of children. Many times we end up asking ourselves, “But don’t they know about family planning and contraception?”

The sad truth is that while many women know about the existence of family planning methods, these methods are not readily …

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On April 3, 2012, the first GoJoven Belize Cohort graduated after four intense trainings in areas of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights, proposal writing, advocacy, population-environment and conservation and personal development. GoJoven is a project funded by the Public Health Institute (PHI) and supported by the Summit foundation and has been an inspiration in the lives of many young people not only in Belize but also in Honduras, Guatemala and Quintaroo, Mexico. Alumni fellows in Belize, however, took the initiative of bringing GoJoven in Belize as an …

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She came down holding a crying baby in her arms, with two other young children, one of them a little girl with sad eyes who held on tightly to her mom’s skirt with no intention of ever letting go. The girl holding the baby looked very young yet so tired and somnolent that all I could feel was pity and empathy. The lady sitting at the back leaned towards me and whispered just enough so everybody could hear that the little girl who hung tightly on her mom’s dress

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"Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing our youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of this nightmare." – Rachel Jackson

The fact that the rural resident has fewer options than the urban civilian is quite obvious. Progresso, a small village in the Corozal District and my hometown has an approximate population of 1,356 inhabitants. With no internet, cable and poor infrastructure, Progresso is still considered a remote, traditional …

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Once upon a time, the world was not as corrupted, neglected and damaged as it is now. The problems and issues have always been there only that back then they weren’t as serious and depressing as they are now. Pollution, global warming, overpopulation, poverty, and crime (just to name a few) were not the most pressing issues in the world, but today these problems have become so evident and as time passes their severity is increasing.

Population growth, global warming, biodiversity crisis, increasing and wasteful resource use, pollution and …

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Teenage pregnancy is a pressing issue not only in Belize but all over the world.  Quite regularly, I am sure that we see or hear about cases of teenage pregnancy. The real problem is when these teen pregnancies are unplanned resulting in undesired babies. Teenagers and pre-teenagers for that matter aren’t ready to be having babies. Apart from being physically unprepared and running the risk of contracting an STI, HIV or even developing a cancer, many times the mothers-to-be are affected emotionally, psychologically and economically. When a baby is …

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 The more we exploit nature, the more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival – Morris K. Udall

When I think of the link between sexual and reproductive health and the environment, one thing comes to mind – overpopulation. The problem is that many times we find it difficult to explain to some people, especially our uneducated senior citizens who are very traditional and conservative, that sex can actually have negative effects on our environment. At this point in time, we may …

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Ever since Eve gave Adam the apple, there has been a misunderstanding between the sexes about gifts. – Nan Robertson

It has come to my attention once again about how much work needs to done in order to sensitize our male counterparts on gender inequality. Since the beginning, society has degraded women and has made them look as an inferior sex. At a Myths and Taboos session with some high school boys I observed that many of them think of women as simple objects of pleasure. They, on the …

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There was a time when women did not have a voice. We were abused, used and treated as mere objects of pleasure. Today, despite the fact that men and women share equal rights, there are still places in the world where women are still afraid to speak out. Our voices are muted in a male-dominated society where women issues are marginalized or even ignored. Belize is no exception. To make my point a little bit clearer, I will emphasize on women who are victims of domestic violence and who, …