¡Practica tu lectura en inglés!
Hoy nuestra sección “A day in History”, esta dedicada a la Mujer.
“How important it is to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.”
Maya Angelou (1928-)
Women’s activists have marked November 25th as a day against violence since 1981. The date also marks the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. The sisters, known as the “Unforgettable Butterflies”, became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America.
On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence, usually by someone known to her.
Established in 1976, UNIFEM has touched the lives of women and girls around the world. UNIFEM maintains strong ties to both women’s organizations and governments, linking them with the UN system to join national and international political action, and to create momentum for change.
UNIFEM focuses its activities on one overarching goal: to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality. In support of this goal, UNIFEM works in the following thematic areas:
- enhancing women’s economic security and rights
- ending violence against women
- reducing the prevalence of HIV and AIDS among women and girls
- advancing gender justice in democratic governance in stable and fragile states
Some vocabulary for you to practice:
- NGO (Non-governmental organization) – an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
- awareness – having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact
- pandemic – general; universal
- focus – pay particular attention to something
- overarching – all-embracing
- enhancing – improve the quality, value, or extent of
¡Hasta la próxima!
P.D. Si el tema te interesa y quieres continuar practicando tu lectura en inglés, te recomiendo el blog de Women’s Worldwide Web