Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25th is "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women," as designated by the United Nations. As explained by Feminist Law Professors, "the date was selected to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters, who were assassinated on November 25, 1960 during the Trujillo dictatorship." Read the General Assembly resolution designating the day here. And read more thoughts about violence against trafficked women from Feminist Law Profs here.

Relatedly, the Brooklyn Arts Museum is hosting a "talks and tours: panel discussion" on Saturday, December 13, 2008 (2pm-4pm) titled "Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists." From BAM's website: "Acclaimed activist Gloria Steinem leads a panel discussing the fight against human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and violence against women and girls. Joining her will be Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now; Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families; and Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director of GEMS." Find out more about it here.

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