In 1999 the United Nations declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with the aim of inviting the organisation of activities designated to raise public awareness. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981 marking the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabel sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders from Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.

November 25th is also White Ribbon Day. AWAVA supports White Ribbon Day which urges men to speak out against violence against women. White Ribbon Day was established by men on the second anniversary of one man’s massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. AWAVA calls on all men to step forward speak up and join the campaign to stop the endemic violence against women and their children in Australia and across the world.

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