As part of our human rights project for our Politics of Latin America class, Evan, Liz and I will be commemorating the International Day against Violence towards women. You can join us to!!
We will be showing a film about the Mirabal sisters, who were significant in challenging the Trujillo Regime. The movie is called ‘In the Time of Butterflies’ and you can watch the trailers on the ‘Trailer’ page of this blog. It’s an amazing movie. The movie will be shown in the Winston room at 7pm on Monday, October 11, 2010. We encourage you to wear a butterfly on that day, in memory of the sisters who were brutally murdered.
How did this day come about?
This day was created on December 1999. At the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly was adopted Resolution 54/134. This resolution declared November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day was chosen because on November 25th, 1960 is when the three Mirabal sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa, from Dominican Republic were violently assassinated for their political activism. The sisters, known as the “Unforgettable Butterflies,” became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. This date was chosen to commemorate their lives and promote global recognition of gender violence, and has been observed in Latin America since the 1980s. (source)