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Minsitry of Women (Dominican Republic)

Ministerio de la Mujer (República Dominicana)

Last modified: 2015-12-05 by randy young
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Ministry of Women flag
image by Randy Young, 21 May 2015

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The flag of the Ministry of Women features the Ministry's logo centered on a white field. The logo itself features a stylized female symbol (♀) in light purple with a sweeping light purple arc above it. Surrounding the female symbol below and to the sides is the green outline of a dove, with the female symbol and sweeping arc taking the place of its wings. The dove's chest morphs into a green capital "M", with the word "MUJER" spelled out in light purple capital letters next to it. Below, the name of the Ministry in light purple capital letters: "MINISTERIO DE LA MUJER." Photos of the flag can be found online here and here.
Randy Young, 16 May 2015

Not sure about this flag. In my first impression (2011 published in Flag Report april 2012) I pictured the flag as white. But later I see several photos and I believe now that the flag has a light violet background.
Jaume Ollé, 21 May 2015

About the Ministry

According to Google's translation of the Ministry's website, the Ministry of Women grew from the Directorate for the Promotion of Women that was established on 17 August 1982. The Directorate operated as a subordinate office of the Presidency. The Directorate was updated to the State Secretariat for Women in August 1999, and was then renamed the Ministry of Women with Decree 56-10 on 26 January 2010, when the state secretariats were renamed as ministries. The Ministry's mission statement is to "Define and lead the implementation of public policies, plans, and programs that contribute to equality and gender equity, and the full exercise of citizenship for women."
Randy Young, 16 May 2015

State Secretariat for Women (1999-2010)

State Secretariate for Women flag
image by Randy Young, 29 November 2015

A couple months ago, Zachary Harden forwarded me off-list the Corporate Identity Manual for the Dominican Republic's State Secretariat for Women, the 1999-2010 predecessor to the current Ministry of Women. On page 23, the flag is described in the following terms:

"The official flag of the Secretaría de Estado de la Mujer (State Secretariat for Women, SEM) is a white rectangle which has at its center the logo.

"It will be placed in front of headquarters to the right of the National Flag, in all offices, and in meeting rooms.

"It can never be on the ground or in deteriorating conditions.

"It may be used in official ceremonies, including funerals. It should be hoisted at the same time as the National Flag."
Zachary Harden, 5 September 2015, and Randy Young, 29 November 2015