VEEP attends NGO’s launch of Women’s Empowerment Initiative
Santo Domingo.- On October 23, 2018, Dominican Republic’s Vice president, Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez attended Batey Relief Alliance’s 21st anniversary celebration dinner-conference on occasion of launching of new “Women’s Empowerment Initiative.”
On the cozy terrace of the Restaurant Bottega Fratelli filled with more than 75 guests, ranging from high profile politicians, business and international agency leaders, ambassadors to close friends and collaborators of the organization, the Vice president addressed the crowd by making references to BRA’s 21-year impressive track record in her country and the crucial importance of the new Initiative that will include males in its schemes and help create equal opportunities for the socioeconomic betterment of women and girls, and development of communities.
The Canadian Ambassador to the country, Shauna Hemingway, as event’s keynote speaker, elaborated on the theme, “Empowering Women for the Development of the Community,” while Nexcy de Leon, BRA Board’s Vice president detailed out the plans and objectives of the organization’s new Initiative.
Over the next five years, under BRA’s five-year strategic plan, 5,000 women and girls will be provided with skills training, education and micro loans, complemented by access to clean drinking water, nutrition, maternal-child health and other support needed to become productive and economically self-sufficient—thus advancing UN’s Sustainable Development Goals #5, Gender Equality.
Chelsea Clinton, President Bill Clinton’s daughter and Vice-president of the Clinton Foundation sent message of congratulations to BRA on the occasion.