Local November 23, 2012 | 11:51 am

U.S. Embassy’s anti-Gender Violence campaign targets Social Networks

Santo Domingo.- To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 worldwide, the United States Embassy will launch a campaign against gender violence on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The campaign will start November 25 and end December 10, which marks the International Day of Human Rights.

For 16 consecutive days the U.S. Embassy will publish on Facebook photos of urban murals from various Dominican towns and cities relating to non-violence against women. Each image is accompanied with data and important events of prominent personalities on the topic of domestic violence and resources available to help victims.

“The 16 days of activism against gender violence, to start November 25, is an opportunity to renew our commitment to free women and girls from violence, no matter where you happen whether behind closed doors or as a public practice of intimidation,” the U.S. Embassy said in an emailed statement.

“Whether it occurs in our neighborhood or distant shores, violence against women and girls harms us all – men and women alike. The campaign is a reminder that we all have to work together – the international community, governments, multilateral organizations and grassroots advocates of communities to address and prevent violence,” the U.S. Embassy said, adding that an estimated one in three women experience some form of violence around the world.

“The current stories of violence against women are heartbreaking, as is the real story of the Mirabal sisters,” it said in reference to the three sisters murdered on orders from the dictator Rafael Trujillo on November 25, 1960.

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