Monday November 25th, 2013
International Day Created: ‘Violence Against Women’
Today the United Nations declared this the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
This date was chosen in tribute to the three Mirabal sisters who were brutally assassinated in 1960, for their political activists work in the Dominican Republic, ordered by Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.
According to the UN, Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. And up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.
It is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.
The effect impedes progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS and peace and security violence against women, which is a human rights violation.
The UN strongly believes violence against women and girls is not inevitable and prevention is possible and essential.
Supporters on this day are asked to wear orange.