International day against violence against women
Since 2001 SUANA has organized successfully, together with the working group “female migrants”, an event on the international day against violence against women. Every year we have a different slogan: “Protection against violence for ALL women”, “victim protection for ALL women”, etc…
On November 25, 1960 the three Mirabal sisters died in the Dominican Republic. Because of their activities against the dictator Trujillo they were tortured, raped and murdered by the military intelligence. More than 20 years later their murder became a symbol against violence against women: In 1981 the first Latin-American Women’s Conference took part in the Columbian capital Bogota and it declared their day of death (November, 25) to be the international day against violence against women. Every year on November, 25 the working group of the Hanover Intervention Programme against male violence in families (HAIP) draw attention to the situation of women who have been victims of violence. For a couple of years there has been a Protection against Violence Act which is supposed to give women affected by domestic violence more possibilities to defend themselves. But despite to the law many women are still suffering from violence of different kinds. These include trafficking in women, forced marriages and honor killings.