International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
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Las Mariposas or The Butterflies was the code name of three sisters in the Dominican Republic who were brutally beaten and murdered on the 25th of November 1960. Their names were Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal, and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal. The courageous trio fought valiantly as political activists to end the tyranny of Rafael Trujillo's regime. That fateful day marked the start of the final chapter in Trujillo's regime as the Dominican people turned against him for ordering the murder of three unarmed women. Patria was 36, Minerva was 34, and María Teresa was 24. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated the anniversary of their death, November 25th, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this day we honor these brave women and countless others who have been killed due to gender-based violence.
This day also marks the beginning of a 16-day period of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days campaign is an international campaign which takes place each year, running from November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, Human Rights Day. Our sisters in Nigeria at Stand to End Rape, ask that you participate in their campaign by clicking on the image below:
Once we have your name and email, we will send you a paper design to download/print for you to write your name and a personalised message on violence against women. After which you'll post to twitter, instagram, facebook or all three using the hashtag #16Days4Women. After which you'll post to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or all three using the hashtag #16Days4Women.
The fight to end violence against women begins with YOU.