Violence against women is a crippling problem. It destroys families and divides communities, and no nation is immune. In some countries, 70% of women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime. The reverberating impact of this violence is felt all over the world.
November 25th is the 10th annual observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The United Nations resolution, passed December 17th, 1999, honors the lives of three political activists, the Mirabel sisters, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 on orders from the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.
For too long violence against women has been a silent oppressor, imprisoning victims and their families in an ongoing cycle of abuse and secrecy. Today the UN, in conjunction with numerous state governments and millions of activists around the globe, are raising awareness about this issue to ensure that victims of violence no longer feel alone, and to advocate for those still unable to break their silence.
Please join the Say NO to Violence Against Women Campaign led by UNIFEM and find an action in your community! Post to this blog and let us know about the incredible events happening in your community.