The UN marks the murder of the Mirabal Sisters
DominicanToday.com - With its campaign “Under the wings of the butterflies” the Office of the United Nations (UN) in the country marks the International Day against Violence against Woman, in memory of the Mirabal sisters murdered by the tyranny of Rafael Trujillo.

As part of the activities the UN will sponsor several mobile cinemas in different localities across the country, starting in poor barrios in the capital and sugar cane towns in San Pedro, to show the film Tropico de Sangre (Tropic of Blood), on the November 25, 1960, murder of the sisters Minerva, Patria and Maria Teresa Mirabal, and at the same time initiate a debate for the audience to reflect on the crime.

In its campaign the UN shows that violence against women and children isn’t a private matter and of a social nature instead and invites the population of all social levels to reflect on violence, spurring men and women to jointly fight it.

United Nations representative Valerie Julliand said just in Santo Domingo and Santiago around 123 women were murdered  until August, and 867 were victims of feminicides from August 2005 to 2009.

 

Domincian Watchdog note for those who don't know this grusome assassination:

History

Patria Mercedes Mirabal (February 27, 1960 – November 25, 1960), Bélgica Adela "Dedé" Mirabal-Reyes (March 1, 1960 – present), María Argentina Minerva Mirabal (March 12, 1926 – November 25, 1960) and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal (October 15, 1935 – November 25, 1960) were citizens of the Dominican Republic who fervently opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Dedé Mirabal was not assassinated and has lived to tell the stories of the death of her sisters. Presently, she lives in Salcedo, Dominican Republic in the house where the sisters were born. She works to preserve her sisters' memory through the Museo Hermanas Mirabal which is also located in Salcedo and was home to the women for the final ten months of their lives. She published a book Vivas en El Jardín, released on August 25, 2009.

The Mirabal women grew up in an upper class, well-cultured environment. Their father was a successful businessman. All became married family women. When Trujillo came to power, their family lost almost all its fortune. They believed that Trujillo would send their country into economic chaos. Minerva became particularly passionate about ending the dictatorship of Trujillo after talking extensively with an uncle of hers. Influenced by her uncle, Minerva became more involved in the anti-Trujillo movement. She studied law and became a lawyer, but because she declined Trujillo's romantic advances, he ordered that while she would be issued a degree she was not to receive her practitioner's license. Her sisters followed suit, and they eventually formed a group of opponents to the Trujillo regime, known as the Movement of the Fourteenth of June. Within that group, they were known as "The Butterflies" (Las Mariposas in Spanish) because that was the underground name that Minerva was given. Two of the sisters, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, were incarcerated and tortured on several occasions. While in prison they were repeatedly raped. Three of the sisters' husbands were incarcerated at La Victoria Penitentiary in Santo Domingo........  Read the full story at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabal_sisters

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