BY Clem Richardson
When Claudia De la Cruz explains how she drew on the 2003 Iraq War, the 1960 slaughter of four sisters in the Dominican Republic and urban adolescent angst to create an award-winning organization for teenager girls of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, it makes sense.
De la Cruz, 30, is founder and executive director of Da Urban Butterflies (DUB), a seven-year-old group which works to empower young women ages 13 to 30 to help them affect change in their community and the world at large.
Working out of the Dominican Women’s Development Center on 189th St., the group hosts workshops on women’s rights, conflict resolution, building healthy relationships, and safeguarding sexual health.
They offer social media training, and political sessions that examine local, national and international issues; De la Cruz and DUB facilitator Katherine Diaz, 21, recently returned from the 30th annual Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Feminist Encounter in Bogota, Colombia.