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Mariposas Unite

If you can believe it, the country whose Mariposas inspired a global movement, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25th (day of their murder), now has a bill introduced into the congress which would set back women's rights fifty years!

Among the proposed changes to the Penal Code are provisions which include:

  • Emotional abuse is NOT abuse
  • It is only considered serious/liable domestic violence when it causes death, permanent incapacity or injury lasting 90 days.
  • Reduction in penalties for sexual harassment and rape of minors.
  • It is only considered femicide if the woman is murdered by present or past partner.
  • Abortion is outlawed "in all circumstances."

I got wind of it when the woman who heads Chellis House at Middlebury College where our Women and Gender Studies is housed sent me an email from an outraged Feminist Forum in Latin America who was trying to bar this from happening. I wrote to several of my women friends and family in DR, most of whom didn't really know what was going on. Since this was about a week before November 25th, I drafted a letter and started emailing it to every Dominicana I knew, and "each one teach one" principle, each one sent it to family and friends. And so mid Thanksgiving gathering, I was sneaking online to keep adding names. I had to close the letter on the 25th at noon in order to allow friends on the ground in DR time to deliver to the papers. The next day news of the letter, signed by almost 200 women, and including everyone from Dede Mirabal to Dulcita Lieggi, Miss Dominican Republic to the Miss Universe contest, to Antonia Mojia, a domestic worker, has appeared in the major newspapers in DR (ElCaribe.com and Hoy.com), but only one (DiarioLibre.com) published an incomplete list.

But now some women in DR have posted a Facebook page, using the title of the letter ¡No Puede Ser! / It Cannot Be! to keep the movement in the public eye.

Below is the letter we sent in: midway is the English version with all the names again listed, and professions or ways women wanted to describe themselves in English. A group of Dominican women in NYC are going to print the letter and hand-deliver it to the ambassador to the UN from the DR. I'm amazed at how so many women are standing up. I think the Congress in DR is going to have a huge wakeup call: the world no longer works in those old ways, fellas!

Julia Alvarez
November 2012
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Penal Code Protests in New York City
Penal Code Protests at the UN
Penal Code Protests at the UN

AL CONGRESO NACIONAL, A LA OPINION PÚBLICA Y AL PAÍS

¡NO PUEDE SER!

Nosotras, abajo firmantes, quisqueyanas y quisqueyanas/americanas, rechazamos las disposiciones del proyecto de Código Penal en curso en el Congreso de la República Dominicana, que limitan seriamente los derechos de las mujeres y niñas dominicanas, y por extensión el bienestar de sus familias y comunidades.
No puede ser que el país cuyas Mariposas inspiraron¬†el Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer --25 de noviembre-- retroceda ahora vergonzosamente en la protección de sus derechos, aprobando un nuevo Código Penal que disminuye la seguridad y los derechos civiles de nuestras ciudadanas.
Reclamamos que el nuevo Código Penal no retroceda con relación a la actual Ley 24-97 que sanciona la violencia intrafamiliar y contra las mujeres en el ámbito público y privado; que se reconozca el feminicidio más allá de la relación de pareja; se sancione adecuadamente el acoso sexual y las violaciones sexuales a menores; y se garanticen los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres en base a los estándares internacionales de derechos humanos.
En este 25 de noviembre, un día mundial contra el tipo de violencia que eliminó a las Hermanas Mirabal, nosotras, abajo firmantes, elevamos nuestra voz en defensa de los derechos humanos de todas las dominicanas y dominicanos, y particularmente de nuestra población más vulnerable: las jóvenes que algún día se convertirán en las Mariposas del futuro.
Dedé Mirabal
Presidenta de la Fundación Hermanas Mirabal
Julia Alvarez
Profesora y autora de En el tiempo de las Mariposas
Jacqueline González Mirabal
Fundación Hermanas Mirabal
Noris González Mirabal
Fundación Hermanas Mirabal
Soledad Álvarez
Escritora
Rhina P. Espaillat
Maestra, poeta, autora y traductora
Rosario Espinal
Socióloga
Chiqui Vicioso
Escritora
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
Presidente, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Dulcita Lieggi
Miss República Dominicana Universo 2012, Actriz
Shirley Collado
Decana de la facultad de Middlebury College, Profesora de Psicología
Mauricia Alvarez
Maestría en trabajo social psiquiátrico y doctorado en psicología
Jennifer Herrera
Consejera mayor de iniciativas de diversidad, Middlebury College
Sofia Quintero
Escritora, activista, productora
Yalitza Ferreras
Escritora, diseñadora gráfica
Kersy Corporan
Escritora, maestra
Farah Hallal
Escritora, publicista
Riamny Mendez
Escritora, periodista
Erika Martinez
Escritora, editora
Ana Lara
Escritora, activista
Maria Luisa Santana
Fundadora, de la fundación, Ámame, No Me Maltrates
Aya Gallego
Estudiante, Presidente de la organización de Mujeres de Color, Asistente del Asesor para iniciativas de diversidad, Middlebury College
Angela Fernandez, Esq.
Directora ejecutiva, Norte de Manhattan Coalición por los derechos de los inmigrantes
Cynthia Carrion
Co-organizadora de Frontera de luces
Sara Hermann
Crítica de arte
Belkys Mones
Economista
Angie Cruz
Escritora
Juleyka Lantigua
Escritora, profesora
Marivell Contreras
Escritora, periodista
Miriam Mejia
Escritora
Soraya Lara
Presidente Patronato de ayuda a casos de mujeres maltratadas (PACAM)
Inés Aizpún
Periodista
ángela Hernández
Escritora
Minerva del Risco
Empresaria
Nicole Sánchez
Fotógrafa
Vilma Arvaje
Abogada, consultora empresarial
Carmen Imbert Brugal
Escritora, periodista
Natacha Sánchez
Animadora cultural
Sonia Silvestre
Artista
Ninouska Nova
Arquitecta
Henriette Wiese
Gestora cultural
Altagracia Corletto Olmos
Gestora cultural
Jenny Polanco
Diseñadora
Ana Isabel Messina
Abogada
Ivonne Muñoz de Rizek
Empresaria
Irasema Jiminián
Ciudadana
María Eugenia Espinal
Estudiante
Raysa Jiminián
Agente inmobiliaria
Mayra Jiminián
Ciudadana
Angela A. Fernández
Historiadora
Rosángela Bobea
Arquitecta paisajista
Emma V. Sánchez, MBA
Arquitecta
Pilar Tapia
Funcionaria retirada de la ONU
Carolina Bergés
Ciudadana
Jackie Arvelo
Historiadora
Miriam Calzada
Fotógrafa
Irina Miolán
Diseñadora gráfica
Sandra Garip
Agente inmobiliaria
Lizzie Sánchez
Socióloga
Ilda Isa Cabrera
Traductora
Rosario Bordas Bros
Ciudadana
Rosalía Gómez de Caro
Autora de "El arte de vivir"
Candy Franco de Franch
Lic. en Educación
Jacqueline Sánchez
Médica
Cecile Oquet
Educadora
Linnette Lomba
Ama de Casa
Ramona Hernández
Socióloga
Lorena Pérez
Ciudadana
Michelle Wachsman
Ciudadana
Aleyda Abreu Acosta
Presidente de Abreco Eventos
Nita Adames
Periodista
Dinys Luciano
Directora de Conexiones de Desarrollo (Washington DC).
Jenny Morales S.
Ingeniera industrial
Ada Balcácer
Artista plástica. Pintora
María del Mar González
Educadora
Mercy Agüero Paulino
Estudiante
Massiel Pimentel
Publicista
Gladys García
Psicóloga
Julissa Ferreras
Miembra del Consejo de Nueva York
Mildred Méndez
Estudiante de Biología
Patricia Moliné
Consultora de recursos humanos y desarrollo
Amalia Vega
Gerente de producto
Priscilla Kelly León
Médico
Lucía Blanco
Ciudadana
Cristiane Van Arsdale
Ciudadana
Laura Van Arsdale
Ciudadana
Carla Prieto
Ciudadana
María Rosa Frías
Maestría en administración de empresas
Melissa Aróstegui
Ciudadana
María Eugenia Baquero
Psicóloga, consultora de recursos humanos
Betsy Arvelo
Directora creativa
Emma Verónica Sánchez
Ciudadana
Laura Olivo Camasta
Estudiante
Mary Collins de Colado
Autora literatura infantil. Periodista
Laura Acosta Lora
Abogada
Vicky Brache de Acra
Ciudadana
Ligia Minaya
Escritora
Kianny Antigua
Escritora, profesora
Mía Montás
Ciudadana
Diana Montás
Administradora de empresa
Martha Rivera
Autora
Magaly Pineda
Precursora del movimiento feminista dominicano
Tanya Valette
Cineasta
Kenia Ng Alvarado
Universitaria
Mary Rosa Jimenez
Fotógrafa
Ana Margarita Haché
Educadora, miembra de la Academia Dominicana de Ciencias
Lillian Russo de Cueto
Presidenta Sociedad Cultural Renovación
Johanna Goede
Escritora
Esmelda Ramos
Escritora
Julia Lora de Hieronimus
1er Vicepresidente Habilitación Regional Santiago
Quisqueya Henríquez
Artista Visual
Denise Baez
Psicóloga, educadora
Mary Ann Baez
Banquera jubilada
Angela Hernández
Escritora
Sheilly Núñez
Escritora, abogada
Leo Suarez
Escritora
Julia Tavares-Bucher
Ciudadana
Sady I. Díaz-Martorell
Activista; co-organizadora, Frontera de luces
Tita Alvarez Jensen
Chef
Lyn Tavares
Empresaria
Ana Rosa Alvarez
Psicóloga
Heidi E. Korner
Consultora de Mercadeo
Caroline Bucher
Madre, profesional
Diolka D'Alessandro
Lic. Mercadeo
Marinella Sallent
Profesional de la Danza
Alejandra Luther
Madre, ama de casa
Olga Estrella
Lic. en Traduccion e Interprete Social
Antonia Mojica
Trabajadora doméstica
Josefina Ruiz
Masajista
Elisa Veras
Abogada, madre y ama de casa
Maritza Ruiz de Sánchez
Ama de casa (retirada por vida!)
Andreita Santos de Dajer
Educación
Floriana Piña Ortega
Ama de casa, coordinadora ONG, jubilada
Nelly Ruiz Biaggi
Ciudadana
Patria Ruiz Biaggi
Madre
Eva Baquero
Psicóloga
Lissette Almonte
Comunicación Social-Corporativa
Rosemarie Reinhold
Financiera
Mercedes Claudia Mejia Garcia
Mujer, ciudadana, administradora de RRHH
Laura Trueba
Consultora Estrategia y Marketing
Patricia Bucher
Profesional
Virginia Cabral
Madre
Martha Inchautegui
Ciudadana
Ana M. Polanco, Esq.
Estragea de campaña de los Derechos Humanos Internacional
Raquel Batista
Candidata para el Consejo Municipal de Nueva York Distrito 15 -El Bronx
Mino Lora
Directora de Teatro
Zenaida Mendez
El Caucus National de Mujeres Dominicanas
Maria Fernandez
Activista y organizadora
Erika Larkins
Madre
Ana Morel
Madre
Lark-Marie Anton Menchini
Activista
Yahaira Gil Maestro
Madre de mellizas
Judith Gil
Madre, trabajadora social licenciada
Giselle Gil
Consejera de orientación
Jasmin Roman, MD
Doctora
Carla Franchesca Robles
Activista
Yaselys Duran
Madre
Zaire Dinzey, Ph.D
Profesora asistente de estudios Latinos y Puertorriqueños y sociología, Rutgers Universidad; madre
Saskia Bonilla DeJesus
Madre, empresaria
Yadira Gómez Morel
Estudiante
Heidi Laura Guzmán
Madre
Sandy Placido
Candidata doctorado de estudios Américanos, Harvard Universidad
Cristal Regalado, LMSW
Licencia Maestría en Trabajo Social
Glenys A. Guzmán, LMSW
Licencia Maestría en Trabajo Social
* * *
Patricia Thorndike Suriel
Directora ejecutiva, Fundación Mariposa DR
Belkis Ramírez
Artista visual
Vicenta Figueroa
Trabajadora social
María Rosa Tavares de Bogaert
Madre, vice-presidente de G.A. Tavares
Milldred A. García Sosa
Bioanalista
Loli Jímenez
Terapeuta familiar
Alina Vargas Afanasieva
Fotógrafa
Clidia Ortega
Ciudadana
Suzanne Nagy
Fisioterapista
Francina Pacheco de Guerra
Arquitecta

TO THE NATIONAL CONGRESS, TO THE PUBLIC, TO OUR COUNTRY

IT CANNOT BE!

We, the undersigned Quisqueyanas and Quisqueyanas-Americanas, reject the terms of the proposed Penal Code, currently being debated in the Dominican Congress, which seriously compromise the rights of Dominican women and girls, and by extension, the well-being of their families and communities.
It cannot be that the country whose Mariposas inspired International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25), will now shamefully regress from protecting the rights of women by passing these proposed changes, which seriously compromise the safety and civil rights of our female citizens.
We demand that the new Penal Code not weaken the current Law 24-97, which sanctions intra-family violence and violence against women in the public and private spheres; that feminicide not be exclusively defined within a couple's relationship; that sexual harassment and rape of minors be punishable; and that the reproductive rights of women be guaranteed based on international standards of human rights.
On this November 25, a day against the kind of violence which ended the lives of the Mirabal sisters, we the undersigned raise our voices in defense of the human rights of all Dominicans, and particularly of our most vulnerable population: our girls, who will grow up to be the Mariposas of the future.
Dedé Mirabal
President, Mirabal Sisters Foundation
Julia Alvarez
Educator and author of In the Time of the Butterflies
Jacqueline González Mirabal
Mirabal Sisters Foundation
Noris González Mirabal
Mirabal Sisters Foundation
Soledad Álvarez
Writer
Rhina Espaillat
Teacher, poet, author and translator
Rosario Espinal
Sociologist
Chiqui Vicioso
Writer
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President Naugatuck Valley Community College
Dulcita Lieggi
Miss Dominican Republic for Miss Universe 2012, actress
Shirley Collado
Dean of Middlebury College, Professor of Psychology
Mauricia Alvarez
Masters in Psychiatric Social Work and Doctorate in Psychology
Jennifer Herrera
Senior Advisor for Diversity Initiatives, Middlebury College
Sofia Quintero
Writer, activist, producer
Yalitza Ferreras
Writer, graphic designer
Kersy Corporan
Writer, teacher
Farah Hallal
Writer, publicist
Riamny Mendez
Writer, journalist
Erika Martinez
Writer, Profesor, & Editor
Ana Lara
Writer, activist
Maria Luisa Santana
Founder of nonprofit organization, Ámame, No Me Maltrates
Aya Gallego
Student, president of Women of Color Organization, assistant to Senior Advisor for Diversity Initiatives, Middlebury College
Angela Fernandez, Esq.
Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Cynthia Carrion
Co-organizer Border of Lights
Sara Hermann
Art critic
Belkys Mones
Economist
Angie Cruz
Writer
Juleyka Lantigua
Writer, professor
Marivell Contreras
Writer, journalist
Miriam Mejia
Writer
Soraya Lara
President, Council to Aid Abused Women (PACAM)
Inés Aizpún
Journalist
ángela Hernández
Writer
Minerva del Risco
Businesswoman
Nicole Sánchez
Photographer
Vilma Arvaje
Lawyer, business consultant
Carmen Imbert Brugal
Writer, Journalist
Natacha Sánchez
Cultural animator
Sonia Silvestre
Artist
Ninouska Nova
Architect
Henriette Wiese
Cultural manager
Altagracia Corletto Olmos
Cultural manager
Jenny Polanco
Designer
Ana Isabel Messina
Lawyer
Ivonne Muñoz de Rizek
Businesswoman
Irasema Jiminián
Citizen
María Eugenia Espinal
Student
Raysa Jiminián
Real Estate Agent
Mayra Jiminián
Citizen
Angela A. Fernández
Historian
Rosángela Bobea
Landscape Architec
Emma V. Sánchez, MBA
Architect
Pilar Tapia
U.N. Retired officer
Carolina Bergés
Citizen
Jackie Arvelo
Historian
Miriam Calzada
Photographer
Irina Miolán
Graphic Designer
Sandra Garip
Real Estate Agent
Lizzie Sánchez
Sociologist
Cristiane Van Arsdale
Citizen
Laura Van Arsdale
Citizen
Ilda Isa Cabrera
Translator
Rosario Bordas Bros
Citizen
Rosalía Gómez de Caro
Author of "El arte de vivir"
Candy Franco de Franch
Educator
Jacqueline Sánchez Physician
Cecile Oquet
Educator
Linnette Lomba
Housewife
Ramona Hernández
Sociologist
Lorena Pérez
Citizen
Michelle Wachsman
Citizen
Aleyda Abreu Acosta
President, Abreco Eventos
Nita Adames
Journalist
Dinys Luciano
Director, Development Connections (Washington DC).
Jenny Morales S.
Industrial Engineer
Ada Balcácer
Artista plástica. Pintora
María del Mar González
Educator
Mercy Agüero Paulino
Student
Massiel Pimentel
Publicist
Gladys García
Psychologist
Julissa Ferreras
NYC council member
Mildred Méndez
Biologist
Patricia Moliné
Consultant in human resources and organizational development
Amalia Vega
Production manager
Priscilla Kelly León
Physician
Lucía Blanco
Citizen
Carla Prieto
Citizen
María Rosa Frías
Masters in business management
Melissa Aróstegui
Citizen
María Eugenia Baquero
Psychologist, consultant in human resources
Betsy Arvelo
Director in creativity
Emma Verónica Sánchez
Citizen
Laura Olivo Camasta
Student
Mary Collins de Colado
Children's literature artist, consultant in human resources
Laura Acosta Lora
Lawyer
Vicky Brache de Acra
Citizen
Ligia Minaya
Writer
Kianny Antigua
Writer, professor
Mía Montás
Citizen
Diana Montás
Business manager
Martha Rivera
Author
Magaly Pineda
Leader in Dominican feminist movement
Tanya Valette
Filmmaker
Kenia Ng Alvarado
University educator
Mary Rosa Jimenez
Photographer
Ana Margarita Haché
Educator, member of American Academy of Sciences
Lillian Russo de Cueto
President, Sociedad Cultural Society Renewal
Johanna Goede
Writer
Esmelda Ramos
Writer
Julia Lora de Hieronimus
1st vice-president, Santiago Regional Training
Quisqueya Henríquez
Visual artist
Denise Baez
Psychologist, educator
Mary Ann Baez
Retired banker
Angela Hernández
Writer
Sheilly Núñez
Writer, lawyer
Leo Suarez
Writer
Julia Tavares-Bucher
Citizen
Sady I. Díaz-Martorell
Activist; co-organizer, Border of Lights
Tita Alvarez Jensen
Chef
Lyn Tavares
Businesswoman
Ana Rosa Alvarez
Psychologist
Heidi E. Korner
Marketing consultant
Caroline Bucher
Mother, professional
Diolka D'Alessandro
Marketing degree
Marinella Sallent
Professional dancer
Alejandra Luther
Mother, housewife
Olga Estrella
Translator and Social Interpreter
Antonia Mojica
Domestic worker
Josefina Ruiz
Masseuse
Elisa Veras
Lawyer, mother,housewife
Maritza Ruiz de Sánchez
Housewife (retired for life!)
Andreita Santos de Dajer
Education
Floriana Piña Ortega
Housewife, nonprofit organization, retired
Nelly Ruiz Biaggi
Citizen
Patria Ruiz Biaggi
Mother
Eva Baquero
Psychologist
Lissette Almonte
Social-Corporate communication.
Rosemarie Reinhold
Financial Specialist
Mercedes Claudia Mejia Garcia
Woman, citizen, human resources management
Laura Trueba
Strategy and Marketing Consultant
Patricia Bucher
Professional
Ana M. Polanco, Esq.
International Human Rights Campaign Strategist
Raquel Batista
Candidate for Muncipal Council of New York district 15--the Bronx
Mino Lora
Theatre director
Zenaida Mendez
National Dominican Women's Caucus
Maria Fernandez
Community activist and organizer
Erika Larkins
Mother
Ana Morel
Mother
Lark-Marie Anton Menchini
Activist
Yahaira Gil Maestro
Mother of twin girls
Judith Gil
Mother, licensed social worker
Giselle Gil
Guidance Counselor
Jasmin Roman, MD
Physician
Carla Franchesca Robles
Activist
Yaselys Duran
Mother
Zaire Dinzey, Ph.D
Assistant Professor Puerto Rican Latino Studies/Sociology, Rutgers University; mother
Saskia Bonilla DeJesus
Mother, business owner
Yadira Gómez Morel
Student
Heidi Laura Guzmán
Mother
Sandy Placido
PhD candidate in American Studies, Harvard University
Cristal Regalado, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Glenys A. Guzmán, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
* * *
Patricia Thorndike Suriel
Executive Director, Mariposa DR Foundation
Belkis Ramírez
Visual artist
Vicenta Figueroa
Social worker
María Rosa Tavares de Bogaert
Mother, vice-president of G.A. Tavares
Milldred A. García Sosa
Bioanalyst
Loli Jímenez
Family therapist
Alina Vargas Afanasieva
Photographer
Clidia Ortega
Citizen
Suzanne Nagy
Physical Therapist
Francina Pacheco de Guerra
Architect

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