The Association of Women Judges of the Dominican Republic Raises Awareness on Teen Pregnancy in the Dominican Republic

The Association of Women Judges of the Dominican Republic (AJURD) organized a screening of the short documentary “Adrift” (A la Deriva) in order to raise awareness on teenage pregnancy in the Dominican Republic. According to elCaribe, the documentary portrays the “sad reality of pregnant teenagers in the country.”

Participants included judicial officers, representatives from women’s rights organizations, AJURD members, lawyers, students, and family members of the filmmaker, Paula Cury Melo. Among those present were Román Jaques Liranzo, President of the Superior Electoral Court, Magistrates Ana Isabel Bonilla and José Alejandro Ayuso of the Constitutional Court, Magistrate Nancy Salcedo of the Supreme Court, Magistrate Santiago Sosa of the Superior Electoral Court, IAWJ Board of Directors member Esther Agelán Casasnovas, retired Supreme Court Justice, retired Magistrate Jottin Cury David of the Constitutional Court, and political scientist Rosario Espinal.

AJURD’s President, Hon. Katia Jiménez gave remarks, during which she highlighted that the DR

Has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Pregnancy in adolescence must be recognized by the Dominican State as a national emergency, not only because of the high fertility rate at that age and the tragedy that this entails in the lives of these girls but also because of its socio-economic effects that impact national development … It is necessary to break with cultural and social aspects that do not help to face the situation since in the Dominican Republic it is common for a man to maintain a relationship with a girl or teenager.

elCaribe

Read more about the screening here.