November 25 is internationally recognized as the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In 1999, the UN chose this date to honor the Mirabal Sisters, three sisters who were political dissidents in the Trujillo dictatorship of the Dominican Republic and assassinated by the regime today in 1960.
These women were revolutionaries in a time when everything was against them: not only was the Trujillo regime one of the most brutal regimes of the modern world; but under Trujillo, sexual servitude was considered a required act for citizenship and to prove patriotism. The Mirabal Sisters REFUSED to accept the oppressive nature of the state as the status quo. Thank you Minerva, Thank you Patria, Thank you Maria Teresa, Thank you Dede.
May the strength of these women give power to all women fighting injustice everywhere. #FordHall2015 #IAmFordHall2015 #WarriorWomen #EliminateViolenceAgainstWomen