Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

The fact that I have to write that sentence makes me sick. Women have been violated for thousands of years. Men with small egos and smaller brains believe that women are objects to be used however they want to use them.

Women have been beaten, brutalized, raped, assaulted, bludgeoned and killed for the satisfaction of sick, twisted minds. Again, the fact that we have a day dedicated to stopping violence is appalling.

The beginning of this day came about in 1961.

On November 25, 1961, the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic were assassinated by henchmen of dictator Rafael Trujillo. The sisters, who had been active in movements against the Trujillo regime, were beaten and strangled to death, then placed in a Jeep that was driven off a mountainous road in order to make their deaths appear accidental. In December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The date marks the beginning of 16 days of remembrance and activism, culminating in International Human Rights Day.

According to a report by the United Nations, 19 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 years of age have experienced physical and/or sexual violence “by an intimate partner.” In some cases, this violence ends in the women’s death. On December 17, 1999, the date becomes official.

We have to be aware of those around us. We have to make our neighbors part of our families. We have become so disconnected from those around us that we don’t pay attention to things or people. We must become present and engaged while in the presence of others. People give clues with faces and eyes, words and body language.

We are responsible for helping when we can. The days of “I didn’t see anything” must end. We are our sisters keepers. The world today has such darkness and we must do everything we can to keep our women and children safe. Stay vigilent, stay aware and be a part of the solution.

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