Friday, December 2, 2022

UN asks the Dominican Republic to “firmly” confront violence against women

The United Nations Office in the Dominican Republic has called on the country to “act firmly” to confront the femicides and other manifestations of violence against women that, throughout this year, “have shaken” Dominican society.

“It is time to redouble efforts at all levels of the State, involving the whole of society, to improve prevention, timely detection, reporting, care and punishment of these crimes,” said a document from the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Santo Domingo.

The United Nations cited data from ECLAC’s Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean, which indicates that in 2020 the Dominican Republic was the second country in the region with the highest rate of femicides, with 2.4 women murdered by every 100,000 inhabitants.

He also stated that seven out of 10 women over the age of 15 have experienced some type of violence throughout their lives in the public or private sphere, with more than half of the cases of violence within the couple , according to data from the Experimental Survey on the Situation of Women (ENESIM) 2018.

The document pointed out that women with disabilities have up to 4 times more risk of suffering gender-based violence and violence due to their condition, and that according to a survey carried out in 2021, two out of three people from the LGBTI community confirm having been victims of violence. .

“Migrant women are also more exposed to violence due to gender discrimination, including exploitation, trafficking, and smuggling,” said the UN, on the eve of commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The UN called “to action” for the Dominican Republic to “advance” in the commitments assumed at the national and global level, within the framework of the National Development Strategy (END) 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

“Likewise, it is imperative to continue promoting the fulfillment of the goals associated with health and well-being, the promotion of a peaceful society and the construction of effective and transparent institutions that allow the Dominican Republic to guarantee in an integral way the recognition and protection of the rights of all women, adolescents and girls”, the document stated.

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