Every 25 November is the International Day for combating all forms of discrimination and violence against women, established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is also known as Orange Day because the colour orange is recognised across the world as that chosen by UN Women to symbolise a future without violence against women.
This date was chosen to commemorate the brutal killing of the Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. On 25 November 1960, three women went to visit their husbands in prison when they were stopped on the road by military intelligence officers. They were tortured, massacred and then thrown off a cliff in their car to make it look like an accident. It was immediately obvious to the public that the Mirabal sisters had been murdered. The ensuing rebellion soon led to the death of the country’s dictator.