Name: Lizzy Adkisson
Organisation: Asociación TÚ, MUJER, Inc.
Role: Assistant to the Executive Director
Country: Dominican Republic
The Association TÚ, MUJER Inc., is a nongovernmental organization of social intervention founded in 1986 and incorporated under the Legislation of the Dominican Republic. It promotes equal and fair participation for women and men in all instances where decisions are made public. It accompanies research in the processes of community development, territorial coordination, social debates and political advocacy. - To help improve the quality and standard of living of Dominican women and their family and social environment, and increase their participation in decision-making processes and in the implementing of actions that promote social, political and economic development without gender discrimination. - To fulfill its mission, TÚ, MUJER, facilitates processes of social intervention, education and training, including access to services and activities in the fields of health, sanitation, education, gender, literacy, advocacy, support and prevention of violence against women, environmental rehabilitation and community organizing, support and guidance to young people and teenagers and community micro-credit in poverty. We also conducted applied research to serve as input for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policy intervention to systematize and deepen knowledge of the secular and emerging social, economic and cultural problems. - A Few of Our Programs: 1. Microcredit and Job Training: Funding and technical assistance to micro-enterprises as well as job training, which creates and strengthens jobs and helps to raise the level and quality of life of women and poor communities. 2. Community Health and Sanitation TÚ, MUJER, contributes to the development of strategic goals in community health through this program, through leadership training and development of the local organization around issues related to health and sanitation. Leaders often become part of a comprehensive volunteer network that accompanies TÚ, MUJER. As a pilot experience in local power, accompanied by a municipal process around the issue of HIV/AIDS, which became the Municipal Council Formation Against AIDS, and in the systemization of the search for solutions to community needs on this scourge in the Municipal Council Plan to Combat STD/HIV/AIDS. On the other hand, the institution serves practical needs around health, so that in coordination with the Ministry of Health, it provides services to primary health care (general medical consultations, pediatrics, gynecology and family planning, immunization of children and adults, and technical consultation and care with traditional medicine). This program accompanies a process of environmental education and solid waste disposal, directs and monitors door-to-door to the beneficiary families through volunteer health promoters (VHP), who pass on the basic elements of health to the community, acting from the home. This program offers guidance on sexual and reproductive health, with adolescents and youth and in the family and community environment. This program has been implemented since the late '80s, and since 1995 it has managed to significantly reduce child mortality from preventable causes, in more than one thousand families living in the areas of greatest vulnerability on the shores of the Ozama River in Santo Domingo. Through this program, around 5,000 people’s basic components of environmental sanitation has been formed, which has enabled communities of specialized techniques to handle potable water and solid waste disposal. 3. Legal Consultancy and Civic Education Through this program, a process of fundamental human rights education and rights of women and girls was carried out; there is a permanent office with legal guidance service care for victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence, accompaniment (to the medical examiner, to the direction of the Office of Women, and likewise to the defense in court) emotional support, advice and support in the management of the documents of identity of children and adults, as well as all kinds of legal services that the community needs. 4. Literacy This program is one of the oldest of TÚ, MUJER, and it came with social intervention in the late '80s in Los Mina Norte, and now this program has provided the way out of this condition to thousands of illiterate citizens by gaining the basic level of literacy and often at the same time achieving financial literacy as well as accessing vocational and managerial training and financial support. This program has been supported by the literacy volunteers at TÚ, MUJER, the Ministry of Education, and in the course of more than 20 years of implementation it has been supported by several institutions and international cooperation frameworks, among which are Freres des Hommes International, Enfants du Monde, ProAlfaMundial, among others.