Dominican Republic promises a plan to extend early childhood services and financing for women’s businesses

Having achieved some important targets in education, the Dominican Republic is developing a plan for early childhood. This is helping hundreds of free community and other centres that assist women every day. The country pledges to expand financing for women’s businesses, with 70 per cent of loans granted by the country’s solidarity bank already going to women to set up microenterprises and cooperatives that increase their income. It will take steps to ensure that economic factors in general do not become barriers to women’s empowerment, and aspires to eradicate violence against women. Political resolve is strong to continue every effort to achieve human well-being and a more just society. Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on 27 September 2015, President Danilo Medina Sánchez said: “We want to work to prevent women from...not achieving empowerment because of economic factors…[and] we want to eradicate violence against women.”