Supérate’s “Club de Chicas”, together with Unicef and Koica

The government social protection program Supérate, together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) celebrated last Saturday the graduation of 185 girls and adolescents belonging to the “Club de Chicas” training and capacity building program in Santo Domingo Norte.

The “Club de Chicas” is the main activity carried out under the umbrella of the project “Changing Gender Norms for the Prevention of Violence, Child Marriage and Early Unions”. The graduates, residents of eight sectors of Santo Domingo Norte, are between 12 and 17 years of age.

Number of graduates

Superate de UNICEFWith the graduation of these 185 girls and adolescents, there are now 307 minors who completed this stage in 2024 under the coordination of Supérate, Unicef and Koica.

In defining “Club de Chicas”, the general director of Supérate, Gloria Reyes, indicated that these are safe spaces, composed of girls from 12 to 14 years old and adolescents from 15 to 17, who, through different modules, acquire tools to develop their life project, know their rights, prevent situations of violence at home and in their environment, basic concepts of gender equality and topics oriented to the prevention of early unions and teenage pregnancies.

Likewise, the general director of Supérate emphasized that with this graduation the accompaniment does not end. “The Supérate program will continue to work with you in other types of initiatives and with specialized follow-up. What we want and what we ask of all of you today is that you become multipliers so that other girls, other adolescents are motivated to participate in the new girls’ clubs.”

For months, the girls receive guidance on how to design a life plan and on strengthening their self-esteem, for which they are accompanied by specialists in psychology, as well as technicians in different areas.

The investiture ceremony of the “Girls Clubs” of Santo Domingo North was held in the auditorium of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was attended by Gloria Reyes, general director of Supérate; the Minister of Women, Mayra Jiménez; Carlos Carrera, Unicef representative for the RD, and Luisa Isabel Ovando, executive president of the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Conani).

Supérate’s “Clubes de Chicas”

“Club de Chicas” is the main educational program of the project “Changing Gender Norms for the Prevention of Violence, Child Marriage and Early Unions”, developed by the Supérate Program, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) and its primary objective is to promote gender equality, in addition to the elimination and reduction of early unions and teenage pregnancy.

So far this year, Supérate has graduated 307 young women in the so-called “Girls Club”. Some 27 in Higüey, 95 in Barahona, in addition to the 185 corresponding to Santo Domingo Norte.

Source: Presidencia.gob.do

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