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25 November 2011, 04:00 p.m. | International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2011

Background

On 17 December 1999, in its Resolution 54/134, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came after the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Studies have shown that violence against women is one of the biggest causes of ill-health amongst girls and women. The effect of violence against women can be measured in the number of women who die or are disabled as a result of injuries. Indirectly it manifests through their increased susceptibility to a number of mental and physical health problems.

Violence against women take the form of any of the following human rights violations which compromise their dignity, health, security ...


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