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In the Time of the Butterflies

Today, November 25, 2012, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. People and organizations around the world will unify to promote the principle that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal, and Anonia Maria Teresa Mirabal, were brutally assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.  The sisters were activists who fought to end Trujillo’s oppressive dictatorship, in a country where women were subjugated and terrorized. In the Time of the Butterflies is a fictionalized recounting of the lives of all four Mirabal sisters.

Today, we observe the death of these women and countless others who have lost their lives to gender-based brutality around the globe.

In grade school, an educator from A Woman’s Place (AWP) came in and taught our class about domestic violence. The idea that mothers and their children were not safe in their own homes was something that I could not accept.  I became a lawyer so that I could help people gain access to the law and the protections it affords.  I became a lawyer for AWP so that I could be a part of a community dedicated to ensuring that mothers and their children were safe in their homes.

Today, I am proud to be part of a global effort to eradicate violence against women.  I am so thankful for the courage and strength of the survivors we support and who inspire me every day.

Lauren Bucksner
AWP Managing Attorney

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