New Mexico Democrats Commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Democratic Party of New Mexico joins today in commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today marks a worldwide observance to draw attention for the need of continuing action to eliminate violence against women, projects to enable women and their children to escape violence and campaigns to educate people about the consequences of violence against women.

women-violence_26As an ongoing campaign that people are encouraged to participate in, especially around this time of the year when awareness levels for the day are high, is the “Say No to Violence against Women campaign”. Through the campaign, anyone can add their name to a growing movement of people who speak out to put a halt to human rights violations against women.

According to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, six in ten women worldwide suffer physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives, usually at the hands of their husbands or partners. In 139 countries, however, constitutional law guarantees equality between women and men, and 125 countries criminalize domestic violence in an attempt to safeguard women’s rights. Eradicating this gap between practice and principle is the essential aim of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. The Mirabel sisters fought hard to end Trujillo’s dictatorship. Activists on women’s rights have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women since 1981.

Since the year 2000, November 25 has been designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly in cooperation with thousands of non-governmental organizations opposed to violence against women across the globe.