Dominican Republic

By: Mrs. Kono and Carolyn Handschin

WFWP, Dominican Republic has been active since 1994 with a focus on AIDS prevention education lectures as its main project. Early seminars were held in government and police institutions, churches, and private homes and even under trees. Many areas have no electricity and can be reached only by dangerous windy roads; yet many people came. Over 15,000 people of all ages have participated in the seminars during 2011-2014 because the educational material matched the urgent needs.

Statistics show that there are over 69,000 HIV carriers in the nation with probably 20,000 not even realizing they are infected. One third of all births are babies born to single mothers, often teenagers, who then drop out of school. These circumstances increase risk of poverty, domestic violence and family breakdown. WFWP developed "Pure Love and Character Education Seminars" based on moral education and family values, emphasizing love and the true value of sex, responsibility, self respect and self control as a preventive response to the emergency situation. The interest has been overwhelming. The programs have been introduced over the years in middle schools high schools and universities. Additional programs have been created especially for mothers, for congressmen and others. In 2010 WFWP Japan decided to support the activities and began donating equipment such as computers, projectors, screens and cameras, which improved our situation notably.

Parallel to the education programs, WFWP has been hosting an annual conference, the Global Women's Peace Network Assembly (GWPN) in Santo Domingo. It has been an opportunity to bring together like-minded influential women to share thoughts and plans related to peace and development in an international forum. Two hundred distinguished guests attended this year's high-level assembly. It featured eleven women speakers including government ministers, senators, academics and NGO leaders. Prof. Yeon Ah Moon, President of WFWPI, delivered the Keynote Address. The First Lady, HE Candida Montilla de Medina was represented by an official who expressed appreciation for the very prestigious international event and invited Women's Federation's collaboration with the Office of the First Lady in the important work ahead.

Contact email:
Mrs. Kono -
WFWP Dom. Rep. -

Seminars in Neighborhood Homes
Main Project: AIDS Prevention Seminars
Character Education Classes @ Schools
Seminar Graduation
Mothers Day Celebration
Mothers Day Celebration
Pure Love Seminar
Global Women Peace Network (GWPN) Conference