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Year of Publication: 2018

Manley, Elizabeth, Revitalizing feminism in the Dominican Republic, NACLA Report on the Americas, 2018

This long article acknowledges the 58th anniversary on November 25 of the murder of three young women – the Mirabal sisters - at the hands of dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. November 25 became the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and gave rise to the emergence of feminist groups, such as the Tertulia Feminista Magaly Pineda (Magali Pineta Feminist Gathering), Coloquio Mujeres RD (Women’s Colloquium RD) and Encuentro de Abrazos (Gathering of Embraces). These groups, amongst others, represent the new wave of feminist activity in the Dominican Republic, and stress the role of women in denouncing gender-based violence committed by the state and other social actors. The article establishes connections in some cases between their struggles and Latin America’s resistance to US occupation. It also stresses the importance of creating networks of solidarity with other countries in Latin America as well as enlarging the discussion to other aspects of gender identity and sexuality.

 

Manley, Elizabeth, Revitalizing feminism in the Dominican Republic, NACLA, 2018

On the occasion of the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this long article remembers the 58th anniversary of the killing of the Mirabal sisters by dictator Rafael Trujillo. They had been involved in the resistance against him in the Dominican Republic. Publicity about the Mirabal sisters inspired a wave of feminist activism in the Dominican Republic.