25 November 2011
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


The date of this day was chosen by the International Women’s Movement to pay tribute to the Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, who were assassinated on 25 Nov. 1960 because they opposed the Trujillo dictatorship.

The courage and strength demonstrated by the three sisters made them international heroines. They were chosen as a symbol of the serious violation of human rights, represented by violence against women, whose rights should be protected and whose voices should be heard.

This year, the International Day is focusing on the connection between poverty and violence-a vicious circle in which many women throughout the world are trapped.