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Three out of the four Mirabal sisters, political activists in la Era de Trujillo, were murdered by Rafael Trujillo’s thugs on this date in 1960.  [Perhaps you’ve read Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies?  Or seen the film?]  The Mirabal Sisters’ deaths also sounded the death knell for El Jefe’s dictatorship—he was assassinated six months later.  [Some estimates suggest he was responsible for more than 50,000 executions during his thirty years in power—one of the bloodiest eras in the history of the Americas.]  In 1999, the UN officially designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in honor of la Hermanas Mirabal [although this stamp enthusiast wonders if the sisters would have preferred to have been remembered on a day promoting the elimination of violence against political activists/dissidents—yes, they were women, but they were killed for being revolutionaries, not because they were women, which is a very different kettle of fish from domestic abuse and rape] [but nevertheless, it is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, so let’s start working on that, shall we?].

Stamp details:
Top left:
Issued in: 1985
From: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
SG #1629

Top right:
Issued on: November 22, 2002
From: Santiago, Chile
MC #2089

Bottom left:
Issued on: 1996
From: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
MC #1837

Bottom right:
Issued on: November 30, 2011
From: Mexico City, Mexico
YT #2711

(Source: iawp.org)

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