Date: 25 November
Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
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On December 17, 1999 UN General Assembly proclaimed November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This date was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo on 25 Novemebr 1960. The sisters, known as the “Unforgettable Butterflies”, became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. Women activists observe this day since 1980.
Actions and Programs
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed by many governments, non-government organizations to raise public awareness of violence against women. Many activities are conducted around the world to educate people about the consequences. Some of them are rallies, seminars, public meetings, etc. On this day some organizations launch different campaigns to educate people and spread the message.
Every year, 25 November and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on December 10, Human Rights Day) are commemorated around the world, providing individuals and groups a chance to mobilize and call attention to the urgent need to end violence against women and girls.
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