November 25: for the elimination of violence against women

November 25: for the elimination of violence against women

Heritage & Traditions

By Petra Joaquina

Since 1981, militants and activists in favor of women's rights have observed November 25 as a day of protest and commemoration against gender violence.

The date was chosen to honor the memory of the Mirabal sisters, three political activists who were killed by the Trujillo dictatorship, in the Dominican Republic.

It was in 2000 when the UN General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, inviting governments, international organizations and different NGOs to take action on the matter and coordinate activities that raise public awareness regarding the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

This day is extremely important since violence against women and girls is the most widespread in the world today. The reason is believed to be the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators, and the silence, stigmatization and shame suffered by the victims.

Violence against women and girls manifests itself in a physical, sexual and psychological way and basically includes: violence by a romantic partner, sexual violence and harassment, trafficking of human beings (slavery, sexual exploitation, genital mutilation and child marriage.

In 2009, UN Women launched the "SAY NO. JOIN" campaign, designating the 25th of each month as Orange Day. This initiative aims to mobilize civil society and governments to jointly expand the impact of the campaign.

Participants are encouraged to wear something orange to show solidarity with the campaign, as this color symbolizes a better future and a world free from violence against women and girls.