25.11 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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The United Nations declare 25 November an International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by Resolution 54/134 of the General Assembly of 17 December 1999. The UN camaign for this year – UNiTE to End Violence against Women goes under the motto ‘The brave are not violent’. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the issue with these words: “When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act!” On that day, UN encourage governments, international organizations and NGOs to take actions for improving public awareness of the problem. UN research shows that 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, while the real size and nature of the problem often remain outisde the focus of society.

Women activists from various organizations mark 25 November as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women ever since 1981. Historically, the date is based on date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic; the killings were ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961).

FTTUB marks the day by starting in Bulgaria ITUC’s and ITF’s campaign for an ILO Convention on gender-based violence at the workplace. On 21 November, the EC of CITUB (the national confederation of trade unions in Bulgaria) suppported FTTUB and the campaign by offical decision. A letter was sent to the Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, prompting him to support the campaign.

On 25 November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a discussion forum will take pplace at FTTUB headquarters, witht he participation of all members of FTTUB’s Women Committee.