Government authorities highlight women's inclusion and economic empowerment as drivers of sustainable development.

UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, María Noel Vaeza, conducted a two-day mission in Dominican Republic.


Photo: Ministry of Women

UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, Maria -Noel Vaeza, participated on January 18 and 19, 2023, in the IV Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Gender in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Under the theme "Towards an inclusive, democratic and sustainable Ibero-America,", the Ministers and high-level authorities of the mechanisms for the advancement of women in the region met to promote the role of women in building fairer and more sustainable societies. Joint agreements in the Declaration of Santo Domingo

The event was organized by the Ministry of Women's Affairs of the Dominican Republic, in charge of the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Ibero-American Conference that the country holds until March 2023, under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB).

Photo: Ministry of Women

In a high-level dialogue on inclusion for the recovery and economic empowerment of women, Ms. Vaeza stated that the transformation of society requires political will, budget, and societal will: "There can be no sustainable economic recovery without the incorporation of women. It is impossible without macroeconomic and fiscal policies which include a gender lens and place women at the center."

She highlighted the need to eliminate discriminatory laws in the region, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She also emphasized that "care systems create employment, quality employment, which will allow self-financing of the systems, employment that is going to generate taxes and employment that will also allow a compound effect of women being able to work in addition to having job creation in caregivers through care systems."

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Photo: Ministry of Women
Photo: Ministry of Women

Vaeza met with Mayra Jiménez, Minister of Women of the Dominican Republic, and Pavel Isa, Minister of Economy, Planning, and Development of the Dominican Republic, to strengthen the strategic partnerships between UN Women and the Dominican Republic.