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The United States Embassy supports cyber-violence prevention project for girls and adolescents.
February 16, 2021


Santo Domingo, N.D.- The United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic is pleased to announce the launch of the Apptiv@s Girls and Adolescents Against Cyberviolence project, which will focus on reducing the incidence of online gender-based violence through the responsible use of social media.

Apptiv@s is designed to enable participants to develop self-care, leadership, sorority and key skills for their personal and professional growth. This project will include community awareness workshops for 20 parents and community leaders, capacity building for 40 girls and adolescents from different provinces of the country, and the development of a mobile application.

This project is funded by the AEIF (Alumni Innovation Fund) a global competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to support alumni initiatives that provide innovative solutions to global and community problems by applying the experiences and knowledge gained during their exchange programs. This project is led by alumni Ana María Duarte and Selenia Indhira Bobadilla, and is one of 80 projects selected from more than 300 proposals received from around the world.

Apptiv@s will be implemented in collaboration with Mujeres en Desarrollo Dominicana, Inc. (MUDE), which works for the inclusive development of women and families, and in the defense of their rights, especially the right to education and comprehensive health. The project will be implemented in coordination with national organizations linked to personal development and information and communication technologies, including Armonizarte, Mujeres Tics RD, MetaRD and the Alumni Association of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic (ABEURD).


About the Alumni Innovation Fund

Each year, the Alumni Innovation Fund, or AEIF, offers grants of up to US$25,000 for alumni projects globally.  This is the sixth time that alumni from the Dominican Republic have been selected as winners. Since its launch in 2012, the alumni community in the country has implemented AEIF projects to promote entrepreneurship, strengthen climate change response, support the development and empowerment of girls and adolescents, bring new skills for teaching mathematics in public education, and build technical capacity for risk prevention and disaster response. For more information about AEIF, visit