Dominican Republic: 2019 March of the Butterflies


Listin Diario announces the La Marcha de las Mariposas [The March of the Butterflies], which begins at 9:00am on Sunday, November 24, 2019, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Everything is ready for this Sunday, November 24, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the most diverse sectors of society march and demand in a single [communal] voice the end of the culture of violence that is killing hundreds of women every year in the Dominican Republic.

[La Marcha de las Mariposas] The March of the Butterflies will begin at 9:00 in the morning, at the point where Jiménez Moya Avenue (Winston Churchil) connects with Mirador Sur Avenue, and will conclude at Centro de los Héroes.

Dozens of social organizations, academics and political parties have confirmed their attendance at the event that will be open to people of all ages.

“It is a march for the whole family, for all Dominicans and Dominicans who want to live in a country where girls and women are not mistreated, where they are not killed for their mere existence as women. We are going to raise our voice to demand effective public policies,” says the group in a statement.


According to official reports, between January and September of the current year, the Attorney General’s Office registered 106 cases of murdered women. Of these 106 homicides, 59 have been classified as “intimate femicides” [or feminicides], that is, perpetrated by partners or former partners of the victims. Forty percent of these crimes occurred in the National District and in the province of Santo Domingo.

Among the artists who will sing at the closing ceremony are Maridalia Hernández, Xiomara Fortuna, Adalgisa Pantaleón, and the lyric singer Nathalie Peña Comas. Other artists and communicators have also confirmed their support, such as Edith Febles, Diana Lora, Millizen Uribe, Tatiana Rosario, Nashla Bogaert, Rafael de los Santos (Poteleche), Roberto Cavada, and Riccie Oriach.

In 2019, it is will be 20 years since the General Assembly of the United Nations, in memory of the Mirabal Sisters, ushered in, by a resolution, November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The march this Sunday is called Marcha de las Mariposas [March of the Butterflies] in honor of the historical legacy of the three women from Salcedo who, in their struggle for a more just and a freer country and world, came to be known as Las Mariposas.

Translated by Ivette Romero. For the original article (in Spanish), see

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