Conference “Under the Wings of the Butterflies"

© Dédé Mirabal
Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Mirabal sisters

Organized within the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), the Conference will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Mirabal sisters.
Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal, Antonia María Teresa Mirabal and Bélgica Adela "Dedé" Mirabal-Reyes were political dissidents in the Dominican Republic, and worked to end the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

The sisters created a group of opponents to the Trujillo regime, known as the “Movement of the Fourteenth of June”. Within that group, they were known as "Mariposas" (butterflies).

Two of the sisters, María Argentina and Antonia María Teresa, were incarcerated, raped and tortured on several occasions. On 25 November 1960, three of the sisters - Patria Mercedes, María Argentina Minerva and Antonia María Teresa - were assassinated. The fourth sister, Adela "Dedé" Mirabal-Reyes, was not assassinated and still works to preserve her sisters' memory. She will be present and address the audience during the Conference.

On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the annual date for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in commemoration of the sisters.


Details

Type of Event Special Event
Start 28.10.2010 15:00 local time
End 28.10.2010 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Majlöf, Anna Maria
Organizer UNESCO, Division of Gender Equality
Contact Anna Maria Majlof, 01.45.68.17.77 - am.majlof@unesco.org
Country France
City PARIS
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room XII
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Language of Event English, French, Spanish
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