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How would you feel if you and your children were thrown off a bus because you are black?
How would you feel if your best friend couldn’t continue studying in high school because your government decided to deprive the whole community of their nationality?
This is what Estefany, Rosa Iris, Baniris or Danny have been facing for years in the Dominican Republic where thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent are discriminated because of their skin colour, and ancestry. Now, they’re being deprived of their Dominican nationality. Without documents, they can’t access basic education, health care, work, travel and justice, they can’t even get married or register their children.
MRG, in partnership with the local Dominican organisation Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA), has started a crowdfunding campaign to help empower young Dominicans of Haitian descent by giving them tools they need to challenge discrimination. Campaign proceeds will enable 12 leaders of Dominico-Haitian community train and empower youth in at least 5 slums to boost their confidence and help them find creative solutions to their challenges. The campaign will support those young leaders to build a social movement in each slum to demand access to the services they are entitled to, such as running water, roads or education.