Tuesday, November 24, 2009

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her.

Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. The date commemorates the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, in 1960 on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Governments, international organizations, NGOs and individuals are invited to organize activities on the day to raise public awareness of the problem.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also launches the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which runs through 10 December, Human Rights Day.

If you are in Korea, come to support the Halmoni at the Weekly Wednesday Protest on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We will gather in front of the Japanese embassy in Jongno, near Anguk Station, from noon to 1 pm. When the weather is cold, it is very hard for the Halmoni to be there due to their age and infirmity, so please do your best to come out and help them feel the warmth of our support!

To find the embassy, use the "Insa-dong" exit from Anguk, go straight, cross the street and turn left when you see the Somerset Palace residence. The embassy is right across the way.

If you can't make it tomorrow, please mark Dec 9th on your calendar and plan to be there---we hope to gather as many supporters as possible at the Dec 9 Wed protest, which falls on the day before Human Rights Day (Dec 10). Please stay tuned for information on our 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (Nov 25-Dec 10) campaign to support the Halmoni.

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