Women’s activists marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). On 20 December 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104).
Governments, international organisations and NGOs are invited to organise activities on the day to raise public awareness of the problem.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also launches the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which runs through 10 December, Human Rights Day.