International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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On 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was celebrated worldwide. Launched by the UN in 1999, this important event is celebrated every year to remember and condemn physical and psychological violence against women and girls and to show solidarity and closeness to the victims of this violence.

The date of the Day was chosen by the UN General Assembly in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters, who were raped and murdered in 1999 for courageously battling the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.

A 16-day Campaign entitled Activism against Gender-Based Violence began on 25 November and will end on 10 December, Human Rights Day.