Day Against Domestic Violence History
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated to raise awareness for global fight against gendered violence. Violence and abuse against women and girls is one the most widespread violations of human rights. Today, it is estimated that approximately 35% of women around the world have experienced some form of physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on December 17, 1999 but activists had already been marking November 25 since 1981. The celebratory date of November 25 was chosen, as it is the anniversary of the assassination of the Mirabal sisters. The three Mirabal sisters, Dominican activists who fought for civil rights and democracy by opposing dictator Raphael Trujillo's regime, were brutally murdered by Trujillo's men. As an internationally recognised day the message of non-violence is sent strongly to governments as well as individuals. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated annually on November 25.
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Day Against Domestic Violence - References and Related Siteswww.un.org: European Day to Eliminate Violence Agaisnt Women www.mirabalcenter.org: Mirabal Sisters www.un.org: United Nations Documents www.unwomen.org: UN Women www.helpguide.org: Domestic Violence and Abuse