international day for the elimination of violence against women

The campaign #vivanlasmujeres is a demand by Amnesty International to stop gender violence and feminicide. In Mexico a woman is raped every 4 minutes, 7 women are killed DAILY. In average 6 out of 10 women are victims of some kind of violence at their work, school, community and home. 

70 women artists and writers have worked on a piece for an exhibition that opens today, (day the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) in the hallways of metro Tacubaya in Mexico City. I am very happy to be part of this important project but also very saddened and angry at this ongoing crisis which is often overlooked.

This exhibition was organized by Clarisa Moura and Abril Castillo.

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The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. 

Historically, the date is based on date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic; the killings were ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961).[wiki]

A shout out to my heroes

For those of you who didn’t know, today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. It was enacted in part to commemorate the deaths of three sisters Minerva, Patria, and Maria Teresa Mirabal who were killed on a mountain road for attempting to overthrow the government. They were seen as leaders of the revolution and it was the results of their actions that eventually freed the Dominican Republic from its dictatorship. Please send love (even of just mental) to their sister Dédé, who was the only surviving sister.

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[The Mirabal Sisters: Patria, María Argentina Minerva and Antonia María Teresa. Sisters from the Dominican Republic who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo through “clandestine activities against his regime”. The Mirabal sisters were assassinated in 1960. In 1999 “the sisters received recognition by the United Nations General Assembly, who designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in their honor.” (Wikipedia)]

Today in history: November 25, 1960 - The Mirabal Sisters (Hermanas Mirabal) assassinated by state agents in the Domincan Republic. 

They were Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Bélgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal, and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, Dominican women who struggled to end Trujillo’s 30-year rule in the Dominican Republic. They helped form what became the June 14th Revolutionary Movement to oppose the Trujillo regime. Within the group, the Mirabals called themselves Las Mariposas (The Butterflies), after Minerva’s underground name. 

On November 25, 1960, three of the sisters were assassinated on Trujillo’s orders. The Mirabal sisters were the subject of Dominican-American author Julia Álvarez’s 1994 novel In the Time of the Butterflies, a fictionalized account of their lives, which was also made into a movie. In 1999, November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in their honor.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

when i walk from a class to a car
i am not thinking about the exams on wednesday
i am not thinking about the drive home
i am not thinking about how full the moon is
i am thinking about what on my person
i could use as a weapon
just in case

they say
you gotta learn to hold your own
but don’t walk alone at night
they say
my body is a weapon
but if i don’t conceal it it will be used against me
they say
your body is a weapon
but this is how you should hold your keys
they say
our bodies are our weapons
and rather than feeling quick and precise
like we could cut to your marrow
we are the decorative swords
you bought on a trip to “better yourself culturally”
displayed on the mantle
and stripped of meaning

but we’ll take intentional care
in reminding them not to test our edges
there’s no need
we’re blunt
we’re dull
we’re harmless
and behind our hands we’ll sharpen
so that the day you decide
to test the blade of our kneecap
with your thumb
we’ll fucking slice it off.

—  armed and dangerous © ggg 2013, written for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women