Nelson Espinal: Do not underestimate Dominican women


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Feb 20, 2019

“Women will make the change happen, or there will not be change,” writes Nelson Espinal Báez in an op-ed piece on Wednesday, 7 April in Diario Libre. He is an expert on negotiations.

He explains it was Dominican women who led the Marcha Verde movement in 2017. The movement was ignored by the then ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) but planted the seeds for a change in Dominican complacency with government. Young women led the Plaza de la Bandera crusade, the big turning point for youth involvement in politics.

Espinal writes that women are taking control of national destiny and the cry for an end to corruption, impunity and social change already translated into the support that led the opposition party to win the 2020 general elections. Espinal stresses: “It was not the other way around.”

He explains today’s ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM)...

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