Saturday, November 27

The tragedy of the Mirabal sisters: how the murder of 3 Dominican women gave rise to the world day of Non-violence against women


Mirabal Sisters

Image source, SISTERS MIRABAL HOUSE MUSEUM

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The Mirabal sisters became a symbol of the cause against gender violence.

“If they kill me, I will take my arms out of the grave and I will be stronger.”

With this phrase, the Dominican activist Minerva Mirabal responded in the early 1960s to those who warned her of what seemed like an open secret at the time: the regime of President Rafael Leónidas Trujillo (1930-1961) was going to kill her.

On November 25, 1960, his body was found shattered at the bottom of a ravine, inside a jeep along with two of his sisters, Patria and María Teresa, and the driver of the vehicle, Rufino de la Cruz.

More than half a century later, Minerva’s promise seems to have been fulfilled: her death and that of her sisters at the hands of the Dominican secret police is considered by many to be one of the main factors that led to the end of the Trujillo regime.


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