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Today is International Day against Violence against Women and the 51st anniversary of the murder of Dominican national heroines the Mirabal Sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa, by order of then-dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

Although the decision to commemorate this crime of political violence by declaring it a day against domestic violence doesn’t make absolute sense, there is an alarming rate of domestic violence and feminicide in the DR and as much as possible needs to be done to address this, including raising awareness. Around 200 women are killed by their partners or ex-partners every year, one of the highest rates in Latin America and the world.

Here is a short film on the subject by Francisco Montás, starring his niece Sofía and sister Angela, made for the Mirabal Sisters a Minute and a Half Film Festival.