They march against violence against women in the Dominican Republic | News

Feminists, teachers and women marched this Friday at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) in the Dominican Republic in rejection of the increase in gender-based violence in the country.

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Dominican women wore white dresses with a black veil to carry out the traditional March of the Brides, which takes place every year in that institution, in order to raise awareness among the population about domestic and gender violence.

This demonstration is held in memory of the young Dominican Gladys Ricart, who was murdered by her ex-partner on the day of her marriage, on September 26, 1999, in the United States (USA).



The first time this march was held was in 2001 in the US, while since 2010 it has been held in the Caribbean country.

According to the Gender Equality Observatory in the Dominican Republic, in 2021 there were 87 femicides, classified as intimate femicides, which were committed by partners and ex-partners.

One of the struggles of the feminist agenda is against violence against women, which has its maximum expression in femicide, as well as sexual violence.

Data presented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show that 65 percent of Dominican adolescents, between 15 and 17 years of age, have suffered sexual violence at some point in their lives.