Mission/Vision StatementMission: The Gender Bureau representing the interest of women and men at the governmental level ensures that policies, plans and programmes are in place to achieve improvement in the status of women and men and carries out its mandate in collaboration with government and non-government organizations.
ResponsibilitiesThe Bureau of Gender Affairs within the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs seeks to promote and advance the concerns of women and gender issues to assist women and men in realizing their full potential through the attainment of gender equity and equality.
Brief HistoryIn keeping with a global response to a call by the United Nations for integration of women in development , the Women’s Bureau was established first as a women’s desk in 1980 with a staff of one-the Director.
The Bureau of Gender Affairs currently offers the following services to the general public:
- Conduct research on gender and related issues affecting the Dominican populace.
- Lobbying Policy and Law Reform
- Work hand in hand with Government departments and NGOs which share the goals and commitments of the Bureau of Gender Affairs
- Keep abreast of regional and global events and changes as pertains to gender and gender related issues
- Speak out against Domestic Violence Against Women
- Provide Public Education and Gender Sensitization Sessions and Workshops
- Mobilize and Empower Women and Men
- Facilitate Skills Training initiatives
- Counselling (women , men and families)
- Provide support to communities and community organizations
- Engage senior men and women in working and participating in community life
- Disseminate information on gender to the public
Accessing the services
Making a Report and or Request for Assistance
A report of abuse, request for assistance or counselling can be made by the affected individual/ victim or any other concerned individual on behalf of the affected individual or victim. Such a report can be made via telephone, email, mail or a visit to the Bureau’s office (the latter being the most effective method).
Hon. Catherine Daniel
Minister for Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs
Dr. Kyra Paul
Director, Bureau of Gender Affairs