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16 for '16: There's never been a more urgent moment to take action against violence against women

25 Nov 2016

Today (Friday 25th November 2016) marks 35 years since women activists from across Latin America first declared an annual day of protest against violence against women, in memory of the Mirabal sisters, three of whom - Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa - were murdered on this day in 1960 for their opposition to the fascist regime in the Dominican Republic at the time. In 1999, the United Nations honoured the sisters and this activism by recognising 25th November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since 1991, the days including and between 25th November and World Human Rights Day, on 10th December, have been marked as 16 Days of Action to end violence against women and girls. 

Today, Rape Crisis Co-Chair Dawn Thomas said: 

"There has never been a more urgent or poignant time to fight against violence against women and girls. The day after Jo Cox MP's murderer was jailed, we must remember and honour her and the 101 other women killed by male violence in the UK alone between January and October this year, as well as the countless - and uncounted - more around the world. We must speak out about the fact that 1 in 3 women across the globe will experience some form of gender-based violence in her adult lifetime. 

Through our 40 years of providing specialist services to women and girls and campaigning against sexual violence, we in the Rape Crisis movement know both the difference activism can make and the vital need for the struggle to continue. Need and demand for our Rape Crisis services are at an all time high and continue to grow. 

So this 16 Days we call on you, our friends and supporters, to think about the actions, small and large, that you can take, so that together, one day, we can end violence against women and girls."

 Find information about working and volunteering in the Rape Crisis movement here. 

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Find out about events happening across the UK this 16 Days of action here.