International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: what is being celebrated?

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women each 25 November thanks to women’s many struggles around the world.

The memory of this event materialized through what they call in Political Science, a movement of bubble up, consisting of the organization of groups of ordinary citizens to influence public policy. These groups want their message to reach the highest levels of society.

November 25, 1960 sisters María Teresa, Patria and Minerva Mirabal, known as “Las mariposas” brutally murdered by agents of the regime Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, in the Dominican Republic.

The sisters played a key role in Agrupación 14 de Junio, which sought to combat the injustices perpetrated by the Trujillo government. For this reason, they were intercepted and tortured, as were more than a hundred people against the regime.

The case became so emblematic that in 1981, in First Latin American and Caribbean feminist meeting Held in Bogotá, Colombia, the decision was taken to establish on 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

1999, UN General Assembly made the date an official international ceremony.

In 2008, the United Nations (UN) launched the campaign JOIN by 2030 to end violence against women, where for 10 days, from 25 November to 10 December each year, measures are implemented to prevent and correct violence against women and girls around the world.

2021: Violence warning against women

On Wednesday, the UN revealed one study which warns of violence against women during the pandemic due to covid-19. According to information from the report, the violence worsened both in the home and in public spaces due to one in four women do not feel safe at home and 40 percent experience insecurity when walking on the street at night.

Among the socio-economic factors that have affected this situation are:economic pressure, lack of employment, food insecurityand family relationships, many of them a consequence of the pandemic.

“Violence against women is a global crisis thatgrowing in connection with other crises. Conflicts, climate-related disasters, food insecurity and human rights violations contribute to women and girls living in danger, even in their own homes, neighborhoods or communities, says Sima Bahous in the UN’s web portal.

Despite the difficult prospects, with the current crisis and others closer to home, the organization’s secretary general, António Guterres, assured that the situation for women can be improved by overall and long-term strategieswhich addresses the root causes of violence.


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