Belize - Organizations

Cooperatives have been actively encouraged. There are 78 agricultural cooperatives, 18 fishing, seven bee-keeper, five housing, three transport, three consumer, one arts and crafts, one women's, and five cooperative societies in the country. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has its headquarters in Belize City. Youth organizations include the Belize Union of Students and Youth (BUSY), YMCA, YWCA, Scouts, Girl Guides, and a branch of the Red Cross Youth. The United Democratic Party National Organization Of Women (UPNOW) encourages involvement in party activities and educates women about political and social issues. The group also serves to defend women against discrimination and violence.

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