On November 25, the International Day of Non-Violence against Women is celebrated, recalling the date on which the sisters Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal were murdered in 1960, during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, in the Dominican Republic. This was explained by Isabel Gómez, a feminist militant belonging to the Tinta Violeta collective, in an interview for Alba Ciudad 96.3 FM, where she also reported on the street-taking that feminist movements will do shortly.
Interviewed by the journalist María Laura Cano, she stressed that November 25 is one of the most important dates promoted by the feminist movement, also recognized by the Organization for the United Nations (UN). At present, they continue to gather to make visible, vindicate violence and denaturalize it [violence]. “There are explicit manifestations of violence against women such as femicide but there is also violence that is a bit more subtle, that is completely naturalized by society, such as media violence.”
Gomez also stressed that this International Day of Non-Violence Against Women, aims to break the stereotypes that have emerged in the hegemonic media by placing women as an object. Therefore, they have created a media campaign that began on Monday 18, showing the different types of violence typified in the Law of the right of women to a life free of violence.
She also explained that another type of violence is psychological, which introduces the harassment to which women are subjected in different spaces, as well as domestic violence, the latter, which the feminist movement targets more.
In that same sense, there is the obstetric violence to which those who give birth are subjected.
On the other hand, Gómez reported on the street-taking that they will be doing shortly to demand from the institutions a deep revision and generation of public policies that really address the need of women, “although we have a very inclusive, very revolutionary law regarding this issue, we have seen with great disappointment that public officials of the state revictimize these women who are going to report violence and even try to persuade them not to. ”
Finally, she established the difference between femicide and feminicide, and that is that femicide is when a woman is murdered for gender reasons; feminicide occurs when the state is involved in the murder, as in the case of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic.
Translated by JRE/EF