Today is the International Day against Gender Violence. It is terrible that violence still exists in the twenty-first century.
This day was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate and pay tribute to the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. Each year on this day, governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.
Here is an extract of Ban Ki-moon's message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women this year:
"Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. [...] We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Domestic battery, rape and sexual abuse, mutilation, exploitation, ... Gender-based violence affects us all and we all may know women or girls who have suffered from this kind of violence and for whom violence is a daily reality. It destroys families, weakens the fabric of our society, and takes a heavy toll on our communities.
Today is also an opportunity to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
Here is a song by Sarita Bhukal, True Beauty.
It perfectly reflects what gender violence is about.
Some parts may even hurt your feelings, since they are disturbing.
You are invited to write your comments after listening to it.