Povijest kampanje 16 dana aktivizma protiv nasilja nad ženama – Sestre Mirabal iz Dominikanske Republike

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“The Mirabal sisters are considered national martyrs in the Dominican Republic, with currency and stamps showing their faces.

Still, the Mirabals’ legacy extends beyond the Dominican Republic and Latin America. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated Nov. 25, the anniversary of the Mirabal sisters’ death, as the annual date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The day both celebrates the sisters and marks the start of a 16-day global activism period against gender violence, ending on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – historically the date is based on the 1960 assassination of  the Incredible Mirabal Sisters of the Dominican Republic, political activists in the Dominican Republic.  These Dominican women fought tirelessly against the political regime of Rafael Trujillo, considered one of Latin America’s worst dictators. Despite the leader seizing their property and placing them behind bars, the sisters – PatriaMaría Argentina Minerva and Antonia María Teresa, remained resilient and continued their mission to restore democracy in their country, a battle that ultimately cost these brave, powerful and feminist women their lives.

These much revered ladies are well known in the Dominican Republic.  They gave their lives to bring democracy and freedom to their country. School children grow up learning about their sacrifice, and their code name “Las Mariposas” (the butterflies) is a well-known symbol around the country.”

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