Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. While a great deal of violence against women is perpetuated in the most decentralized interpersonal relationships, the date was chosen to commemorate the victims of an act of state violence against women. On this day in 1960, the Mirabal sisters were executed by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. Stand against both state and private violence against women, today and everyday.
What does working to eliminate violence against women look like? It can look like a lot of different things. To learn how to work in your personal life to prevent gender violence, I would recommend this article from Scarleteen and Jackson Katz’s list “10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence.” To learn how to organize against gender violence as it impacts women of color and as it intersects with state violence in the US, I would suggest this article from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. To consider how we can counter interpersonal violence against women without the state’s justice system, I recommend this video.