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Descendants of the Mirabal sisters, brutally murdered on November 25, 1960 along with their companion Rufino de la Cruz during the Trujillo dictatorship, they pledged this Thursday to continue working to build a more just, inclusive country, one of respect and equal rights, without any type of violence. , as the Butterflies dreamed.

Manolo and Minou Tavárez Mirabal, children of the resistance leaders Manolo Tavárez Justo and Minerva Mirabal, highlighted that their relatives died fighting to make those dreams come true.

Minou Tavárez assured that there is still a long way to go in the Dominican Republic to make effective that the existing laws guarantee the life and integrity of women.

However, Minou acknowledged that there are important advances.

Manolo Tavárez, who is president of the Mirabal Sisters Foundation, called on the population to continue the legacy of the Girls, as the Mirabal Sisters were also called.

He expressed his satisfaction at being in Salcedo, Mirabal Sisters province, with the pilgrimage that hundreds of people carry out year after year on November 25 to renew the commitment to fight for freedom and the values ​​demanded by the Mirabal.

Manolo and Minou Tavárez Mirabal spoke at the Mirabal Sisters Museum during the acts for the 61st anniversary of that crime, attributed to the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo.


The three sisters were assassinated by the Trujillista tyranny on November 25, 1960 in La Cumbre, Santiago province, when they were returning from Puerto Plata to Salcedo, after visiting the jail to see their husbands who were in prison.

The bodies of the Dominicans Minerva, Patria and María Teresa Mirabal they were found inside a jeep sunk in a ravine.

In honor of them

This Thursday marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 as a day of awareness and denunciation of violence against women in the world. The origin of the date has to do with the crime of the Mirabal sisters, who were brutally murdered during the Trujillo dictatorship. In 1979, the United Nations secured the approval of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. In 1981, the First Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encounter was held in Bogotá, Colombia, where it was decided to mark November 25 as the International Day of Non-Violence against Women, in memory of the Mirabal sisters.

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