November 22, 2019
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada launched a dialogue that seeks to promote the Elimination of Violence against Women from an inter-institutional framework by coordinating a First Reflection Meeting, held at the Senate of Canada Building, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The opening remarks were given by the Dominican Ambassador Pedro Vergés Ciman, the Ambassadors of Paraguay and Ecuador, Inés Martínez Valinotti and Diego Stacey, respectively, and the Canadian Senator Rosa Gálvez, who also participated as a speaker during the seminar.
Ambassador Vergés reminded that just 20 years ago the General Assembly of the United Nations, at its meeting on December 17, 1999, decided to designate November 25 (the day the Mirabal sisters were murdered) as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, “taking as a precedent the project presented on October 28, 1999, by the Dominican Republic, with the co-sponsorship of 96 countries, including Canada, Ecuador and Paraguay, present here”.
In the communication sent to the media, the Dominican diplomat reaffirmed the commitment of President Danilo Medina in relation to this problem, which is being addressed through various programs such as the workshops “Formadores en buen trato familiar y de género” (Trainers in good behavior towards family and women) of the Office of the First Lady, the empowerment of women through “Banca Solidaria” (Credit for low income citizens), the democratization of public purchases and more equitable laws regarding property titling, in addition to the initiatives carried out by the Attorney General Office through the National Plan against Gender Violence.
The Seminar on Eliminating Violence against Women, First Reflection Meeting, was moderated by Lisane Thirsk, Deputy Director for Gender Equality and Communications at ParlAmericas, and had a team of speakers composed by the Honourable Rosa Gálvez, Senator of Canada; Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament; Alejandra Mora Mora, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM); Julia Maciel González, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and Monique Forster, community leader on gender, social integration and women's empowerment issues.