Thousands Join ‘March of The Butterflies’ Protest Against Gender Violence

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Here’s more news about the recent March of The Butterflies [Marcha de las Mariposas] event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Amanda Alcántara (LatinoUSA) reports:  

Thousands of women and their allies took to the streets of Santo Domingo on Sunday to protest the alarming rate of femicides in the country—among the highest in Latin America.

At least 357 women were murdered by a partner or ex-partner over the last four years, according to a recent report from the Dominican Political Observatory (OPD).

“This past month, it’s been at least eight women in 16 days. Unfortunately, the government also doesn’t count femicide in the way that the rest of the world does,” Gina Goico, a New York-based Dominican activist, told Latino USA. She helped to organize a Times Square protest outside the Dominican consulate in solidarity with the much larger protest in Santo Domingo.

When the Dominican Attorney General’s office tallies the murder rates of women, Goico noted, it counts only those committed by intimate partner violence as “femicide,” a discrepancy that makes the official numbers differ greatly from those shared by non-governmental organizations. According to a November 22 Acento article, the Attorney General’s office announced a decrease of 25 percent in femicide rates, but data from other external organizations, like the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), reported much higher numbers.

One of the most recent individual cases was that of Emely Twomey Acosta, a 16-year-old shot by a man presumed to be her boyfriend.

The march in the Dominican Republic was organized under the name “Marcha de las Mariposas” (March of the Butterflies) to mark the assassination of the Mirabal sisters on November 25, 1960, after they stood against dictator Rafael L. Trujillo. Twenty years ago, the United Nations recognized the date as the International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

[People take part in a protest against gender violence and femicide in Santo Domingo on November 24, 2019. (Photo by Erika Santelices/AFP via Getty Images).]

For full article, see https://www.latinousa.org/2019/11/25/marchofbutterflies/?. Many thanks to Kaushalya Bannerji, who shared this link on Queloides.

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