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- 365 days of activism against gender based violence
Women In Politics
Support Unit (WIPSU)
December 06, 2011
Violence in all its forms impacts on women's ability to participate
in political processes at all levels, 365 days of the year.
The 25th of
November every year is the International Day for the Elimination
of Violence Against Women in all its forms. On this day we remember
the three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa who were born
to Enrique Mirabal and Maria Mercedes Reyes (Chea) in 1924, 1927
and 1935 respectively in the Cibas region of the Dominican Republic.
These 3 political activists were assassinated on the 25th of November
1960. The sisters, referred to as the "Inolvidables Mariposas",
the "Unforgettable Butterflies" have become a symbol against
victimization of women. The memory of the Mirabal sisters and their
struggle for freedom and respect for human rights for all has transformed
them into symbols of dignity and inspiration.
As we continue
the call for 50/50 representation in public office we are mindful
of the gender violence that women encounter in their daily lives
and as they claim their right to participate and be represented
in all political spaces.
Women in Politics
Support Unit joins the women of Zimbabwe and the world in commemorating
365 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and call for
peace in all political processes.
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