March to the Palace marks International Women’s Day
Santo Domingo.- More than 70 women’s rights organizations march to the National Palace Tuesday to present, on International Women’s Day, the major issues they have to deal with.
There are also several activities slated for the morning, afternoon and evening, all related to the celebrations to honor women.
The march will start from Independence Park at 10am and conclude in the Palace, where they’ll deliver a document with their demands.
Women and Health Collective executive director Sergia Galvan said the grievances range from labor, political, health, social and rights issues to migrant women workers, the disabled and lesbians.
“A document will be delivered to the President of the Republic (Danilo Medina); he had already been advised more than a month ago and we expect him to be there at the door waiting for us,” the feminist said.
Galvan made the announcement during the release of the latest Amnesty International (AI) report which claims the lives of millions of women in Latin America are at the mercy of a “lottery-type” support from health systems which it affirms places stereotypes and religious doctrine over a patient’s life.
March 8, 2016
UPDATE: Just hours after praises, Medina snubs women headed to the Palace
National Police officers blocked dozens of women who staged a march from Independencia Park toward the National Palace to demand equal rights.
The police cordoned off the Delgado St. with Mexico Av. intersection to keep women and some men from reaching the Palace, where feminist leader Sergia Galvan had affirmed that president Danilo Medina would personally receive them
They were told however that they would be received by an unidentified official.
The women demand equal pay, therapeutic abortion, policies to reduce gender violence and femicide, among others.
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