Today the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in commemoration of the Mirabal sisters, three political activists who were brutally murdered in 1960 by orders of Dominican president Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961,) in retaliation for not being reciprocate for his affection for one of them.
According to the UN, violence against women is a violation of human rights and includes discrimination within the law and in practice and the persistence of gender inequalities.
The international organization estimates that about 2 million people each year is a victim of trafficking, which leads them to prostitution, slavery or servitude, and women and girls account for about 80 % of these victims.
Another cruel form of violence against women is female genital mutilation or cutting, which currently affects about 130 million women and girls, mostly in Africa and some Middle East countries. Also when she is abused financially, psycologically, physically and sexually.
In Ecuador 60.6% of women have experienced some form of violence, according to a study carried out by the Ecuadorian Institute of Statistics and Censusesin (INEC for rits Spanish acronym) in 2012.
The campaign ‘Join the End of Violence against Women’ promoted by the Secretary of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon calls for the 25th of each month to wear an orange garment to highlight the call to eradicate female abuse. This year, the campaign starts this Monday until December 10, celebration of The the Day of Human Rights.