Observation of this day was initiated by the activists in 1981, who wanted to combat and raise public awareness about violence against women in modern world. The date was chosen to commemorate the death of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic in 1960.
The Mirabal sisters were thee activists, who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. They became the leaders of the influential Movement of the Fourteenth of June, that threaded Trujillo's regime. In 1960 he ordered the sisters to be killed, which happened on November 25.
The commemoration day for the Mirabal sisters gained international recognition on December 17, 1999, when the UN declared November 25 to be International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The member states are called to organize activities aimed at elimination of domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence against women.Remind me with Google Calendar
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