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International Day for No Violence against Women

The Dominican Republic celebrated the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women yesterday Monday 25 November. The date was chosen to commemorate the brutal murder of the three Mirabal sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa on the same day in 1960.

President Danilo Medina spoke of the need to improve family life, saying that people should live together with respect, love and solidarity, capable of contributing to the constant development of Dominican society.

Sending the message “No violence against women” to all Dominican women, he set out what he believed was needed to improve families and said that it is vital that everyone should appreciate the value of the life of every human being, and that violence against women had to be stamped out.

The President said that many of the acts of violence against women and girls can be traced to lack of education at home, and he expressed his solidarity with all Dominican women.

The day was celebrated in several ways across the country. Dozens of organizations met in Duarte Park in the Colonial Zone demanding tougher policies and more support for the fight against the violence.

The Ministry of Women organized a seminar on the subject, with a speech from the president of the Supreme Court of Justice Mariano German, in the presence of Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito.

At the seminar, Minister of Women Alejandrina German highlighted the measures being taken to prevent domestic violence and said that this year they were expecting a reduction of 30% in those types of crime. The Minister of Public Health, Freddy Hidalgo, led an event at the Luis Eduardo Aybar hospital, highlighting the promise to prioritize care for victims of domestic violence, and according to the hospital some 27% of the cases they receive are linked to violence in some shape or form.

Source: DR1,

Category: DR News |

  1. Samson

    So we are not allowed to beat our wives just one day a year – that’s not too bad!

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