I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
Today, on 25 November, we commemorate the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a date that has been marked by women activists, feminists and other organisations for nearly 40 years, as a day of protest to end violence against women and girls.
Khe dễ thươngThis date was first designated a day to in 1981 at the Feminist Conference for Latin American and Caribbean Women in Colombia. At that conference, women of colour linked and denounced all forms of men’s violence against women - from domestic violence, rape and sexual harassment to state violence including torture and abuse of women political prisoners.
The date was chosen to commemorate and pay tribute to three political activist sisters in the Dominican Republic – Patria, Maria Teresa and Minerva Mirabel – who were assassinated in 1960 during the Trujillo dictatorship.
Reviewed 25 November 2020