|Nov 27, 2009 at 09:51 AM|
|From 25 November to 10 December, WFF joins with other rights organizations worldwide to bring greater attention to violence against women and calls for 16 days of activism.
History – Background:
Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981.
On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 (the anniversary of the day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters) as the annual date for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in commemoration of the sisters. (Resolution 54/134).
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). After the assasination of these 3 women, a revolution started from the village which then made Rafeal Trujillo turn over his power and resign by giving it to his brother.
This day also marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence.
This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.The end of the 16 Days is December 10, International Human Rights Day.
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.
Sexual violence against women and girls
Rape as a method of warfare
Trafficking and sex trade:
4 million women and girls are trafficked annually. (United Nations)Honor Killings:
Femicide – the murder of women because they are women
16 forms of gender based violence: