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Violence Against Women on the Rise in the Dominican Republic

LADB Article ID: 80479
Category/Department: Dominican Republic
Date: 2017-12-14
By: Crosby Girón

Participants in the first Latin America and Caribbean Feminist Encuentros (Encounters), which took place in 1981, declared Nov. 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. They were honoring three sisters from the Dominican Republic––Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa Mirabal––who lost their lives on that day in 1960 for defying the Rafael Leónidas Trujillo (1930-1961) dictatorship. Since then, the UN has singled out Nov. 25 as a day to speak out against gender-based violence throughout the world and to demand public policies to fight it. Yet according to a report published by the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Women, and the Dominican office for women’s issues (Ministerio de la Mujer), femicide rates in the Dominican Republic are on the increase, and two out of five women killed in the country are victims of domestic violence. The report concludes that although the Dominican Republic has the necessary mechanisms and policies in place to fight gender-based violence, the country continues to have one of the highest femicide rates in the region.

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