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November 25, 2013

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In 1999 the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The date of 25 November was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961) ordered brutally assassinated in 1960.

Every year it is a moment to reflect. We often feel fortunate in the UK compared to other countries – and rightly so. However, we still see two women a week killed by a partner or ex partner and domestic abuse seems as prevalent among our young people as it is for their mothers.

Our sense remains that it will be the combination of all our efforts which will eventually end violence against women. Some organisations like CAADA work on to change how we respond locally and nationally in a practical sense. Others focus on changing attitudes through campaigning. Crucially in every town and village there are individual men and women who are making a stand against violence in the home. Let’s hope that the energy created by different events around the world today gives us all the impetus to build and lead more change in the coming year.