The 25th of November was chosen by the United Nations as a day of remembrance for the Mirabal sisters, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal were known by fellow members of the resistance movement against the dictatorship as Las Mariposas or The Butterflies. In 1999, the United Nations chose this date to honor their lives and courage, and to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
According to UN Women, “1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner; about 120 million girls have been forced into intercourse or other sexual acts at some point in their lives; and 133 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.”
Addressing this situation, the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers understands that the scope of violence exceeds its physical sphere, affecting the autonomy, freedom and mental integrity of women and girls. That is why we must ensure the enactment of integral laws that address gender-based violence considering its different manifestations. In this regard, the FIFCJ applauds the recent entry into force of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women. We hope that in the near future similar initiatives protect more women and girls worldwide.