On November 25th, 1960, the three Mirabal sisters were assassinated for their political activism against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Their deaths became a symbol of feminist resistance and since 1981, this date became synonymous throughout Latin America as a day to combat and raise awareness on violence against women.
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated the 25th of November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and it marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence which concludes on it the 10th of December with Human Rights Day.
16 days to raise awareness, to join efforts and galvanize actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
As part of the efforts the UNI Equal Opportunities Department is currently carrying out end gender based violence and to support the adoption of an ILO Convention Against Violence Against Women and Men at the Workplace, our 16 Days of Activism and our Breaking the Circle! Campaign (http://en.breakingthecircle.org) will focus this year on 16 pledges to end gender-based violence at work.
16 pledges for 16 days. 16 commitments to help us build safe and equal working environments for all. Join us!