Dominican Republic: Dominicans Mobilize Against Gender Ideology

July 21, 2019

On July 4, 2019, in the Dominican Republic, several thousand families took part in a national demonstration to demand the withdrawal of educational measures that they judge to be based on gender ideology.

The protesters called for the withdrawal of Departmental Order 33-2019, promulgated on May 22, 2019, which stipulates that it “establishes as a priority the design and implementation of gender policy” in “the different levels, systems and subsystems in Pre-University Education, in their plans, programs, projects, teaching strategies, and administrative activities.”

The group organizing the demonstration sees in these new measures an attempt towards “the systematic and organized penetration of gender ideology in the Dominican Republic.” A few weeks earlier, on May 28, 2019, the country’s Bishops’ Conference spoke out, so as to remind everyone that “gender ideology, in defiance of scientific studies conducted on this matter, are dedicated to the destruction of human nature.”

On the executive side, it was time to try to calm everyone. For his part, Henry Santos, the head of the Ministry of Education, swore that: “gender ideology will never come back into a public education program.”

Dominican Catholics, not very confident in the soothing assurances of their government, intend to remain more vigilant than ever.