25 November
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women



Say NO to Violence against Women!

Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world.  It is a threat to all women, and an obstacle to all our efforts for development, peace and gender equality in all societies.

Secretary General of the United Nations , Ban Ki-moon

The General Assembly has designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and has invited Governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to organize on that day activities to raise public awareness on the problem (resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999). Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. The date came from the brutal 1961 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.