Local September 8, 2021 | 2:57 pm

Dominican Republic continues to have region’s largest gender gaps

Challenges persist in terms of inequality for women in the Dominican Republic, according to the ISOQuito report, a ranking that measures indicators on social welfare, economic and labor parity, political decision making, and women’s physical autonomy, following the consensus of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

This year, four reports from Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic compiled relevant data on the indicators mentioned above.

Concerning the Dominican Republic, the report indicates that progress in economic growth is not reaching vulnerable populations. It also points out persistent failures in health and protection of sexual and reproductive rights, teenage pregnancy, care, political parity, and women’s wages.

According to the figures provided by this report, in 2021, in the index of institutional commitments, the Dominican Republic is located at the bottom of the table (penultimate place, tied with Honduras), with a value of 0.33 (a figure it has registered since 2007), well below the average for Latin America and the Caribbean (0.55).

The DR did not register changes in the three original components of the index:

– Maternity, paternal and parental leave legislation index: it again scores 0.25(regional average:0.35);

– Index of legislation on parliamentary quotas: reiterates the score of 0.75 (regional average: 0.74).

– Abortion legislation index: maintains a value of 0.0 (regional average: 0.43): One of the most restrictive regulations in the world on voluntary interruption of pregnancy. Therefore, it is expected that the Dominican Congress will approve the three grounds for abortion: risk of maternal life, non-viability of the fetus, and rape or incest.

The Report is a wake-up call for governments to formulate policies and legislation to make meaningfully positive changes for women. It proposes a change that will guarantee the right of all women to have a dignified life.

“From the Feminist and Women’s movements it is essential to have statistics that reflect the reality of women, which serves as a roadmap to continue building equality, which translates into significant welfare for all,” said Cinthya Velasco, coordinator of La Ceiba and co-host of the event.

The response to the document on behalf of the government was provided by the National Statistics Office ONE under Miosotis Rivas and the Directorate of Poverty, Inequality and Democratic Culture of the Ministry of Economic, Planning, and Development under the charge of Rosa Cañete.

Both institutions emphasize the work being carried out by the government to create conditions that promote the empowerment and development of women’s potential, focused on the implementation of a set of policies and measures.

The meeting was held virtually, with broad participation of civil society representatives and the Dominican government sector.

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Paul Tierney
September 9, 2021 11:23 am

Machismo dies hard.