US Embassy in the DR celebrates Women’s History Month

EL NUEVO DIARIO, SANTO DOMINGO.- The Embassy of the United States in the country held a breakfast with women leaders of the Dominican Government, on the occasion of Women’s History Month.

The event was led by the Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Robert W. Thomas, and Marianne Scott, Senior Advisor to the Department of State on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) for the Western Hemisphere.

Participating in the event were women representatives of the three powers of the state, responsible for issues of gender, diversity, inclusion and equity; who shared the initiatives and projects promoted by the Government to promote the development and access to opportunities for women in society.

During the meeting, the Charge d’Affaires, Robert W. Thomas, emphasized the preponderant role that women have had in American history.

She stated: “Certainly, the America we know would not exist without the heroic and pioneering work of generations of women. It was the women who led the protest and ultimately the abolition of the practice of slavery. Women demanded that our constitution guarantee them the right to vote, and they got it. Women continue to enter the world of work, and in the spheres of government, in greater numbers, guaranteeing that the gender diversity of our country is reflected in all spaces”.

Senior Advisor Marianne Scott explained that her “role is one of several that have been created at the Department of State to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and seek creative ways to build a workplace that is welcoming to all, and more effective in carrying out our mission. I am pleased to be here to share with you a little bit of what we are doing and to learn what you could do.”

At the beginning of the month, the United States Government under the Biden-Harris administration issued a presidential proclamation declaring the month of March 2022 as Women’s History Month. Throughout the month, the Embassy commemorated the contributions of women, beginning with the lighting of the building’s facade in purple.

Through a video on its social networks, the institution highlighted the work of its employees, who committed to promoting the rights of women and girls both in the country and abroad. While through the campaign “A Woman like You”, they also highlighted the work of Dominican leaders who graduated from their exchange programs.-