Thousands of women – and some men in support – marched from the Memorial Park in Belize City and rallied at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex at the annual 20,000 Strong Women’s Empowerment Rally calling for true gender equality. But what does gender equality mean? What exactly is holding women back these days? And what role do men play in securing it? These were questions we put to Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children: CEO in the Ministry of Human Development, Judith Alpuche, says men should not fear being left out of the women’s movement, that power for women and men is not mutually exclusive: Former area representative from San Pedro Town, Patty Arceo, called for all of society to come together to address issues that affect us all:The event attracted women from across the country and many walks of life, and the hope is that they will take the message back to their communities and spread it far and wide.