This date was chosen in memory of the death of the Mirabal sisters – Patricia, Minerva and María Teresa – who were murdered by the secret police under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican RepMuestra (firma)ublic on the 25th of November, 1960. The proposal was brought forward in 1981 in Bogotá, at the first Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting. Over 1200 women decided a special date was necessary for all society to become aware of the need to stop this pandemic that affects so many women, victims of sexual or physical violence perpetrated by their partners. In 1999, the 25th of November was proclaimed as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN (United Nations). On the 25th of November of 2015, Faith-Based Organizations (FBO´s), Mission 21 amongst them, call out to participate of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This campaign starts on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on the 10th of December, the Human Rights Day. Find more information at:

http://www.genderjustice-interfaith.net/