International Day for the
Elimination of Violence
Women's activists have marked November 25 as a
day against violence since 1981. On1999, the United
Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
This date came from the brutal assassination in
1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in
the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican
dictator Rafael Trujillo.
What are the most common forms of
violence against women?
Psychological violence: yelling, insults, mockeries,
threats, abusive language, humiliation…
Physical violence: hitting, beating, physical abuse with
a weapon, torture, mutilation and murder.
Sexual violence: Any form of non-consensual sexual
activity (forced on a person) ranging from harassment,
unwanted sexual touching to rape.
Are some women more vulnerable
to violence than others?
All women are vulnerable to male violence.
Violence affects women of all ages, all ethno-cultural and socio-
economic backgrounds. Although violence against women is
universal, many women are targeted for specific forms of
violence: Race, ethnicity, culture, language, sexual identity,
poverty and health (particularly *HIV status) are some of the
many risk factors for women.
*HIV = AIDS
Why are some men violent?
There is no simple answer. It is the result of a
combination of many factors. Among other things,
male violence is the result of behaviours they learn
at a young age to express their "masculinity".
Things You Can Do Right Now to
Help End Violence Against Women
Understand how your own attitudes and
actions may perpetuate sexism and violence.
Confront sexist, racist, and all other bigoted
remarks or jokes.
Fight for increased state and federal funding
for battered women’s shelters and rape crisis
Help if you see a type of violence against
Join in no violence against women
Be a Gentleman! If you do that you will
respect women and other people and
help them if they had any problem.
by Leonhard Frank Bethge and
Humberto José González
4º ESO B