05 December 2011

Activism Against Gender Violence

Stop Violence Against Women
Twenty-fifth of November was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. That day was celebrated in different ways in Metro Manila and in different parts of the globe. It was also the start of the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence."

Here is some background information about the event from the Facebook site of "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women":
Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day as an international observance. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.

This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961).
There is more information about the history of this day, and UN publications relating to violence against women, at the UN's Dag Hammarskjöld Library. The UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) also has a regular observance of the day, and offers suggestions for others to observe it.

Activism Against Gender Violence