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GCWA: GCWA saddened by passing of Belgica Adela (Dede) Mirabal

05 Feb, 2014

The GCWA is deeply saddened by the passing of Bélgica Adela Mirabal (Dedé), last February 1, in the Dominican Republic. She was the only survivor of the Mirabal Reyes sisters, who were killed on November 26th, 1960. Dedé dedicated her life to preserve and honour her sisters'memories. 

The deaths of the Mirabal sisters inspired the marking of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations General Assembly, through its Resolution 54/134 of 1999. 

Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of HIV. The GCWA stands in solidarity against any form of violence and inequalities that hinder women's health and development, and advocates for political commitment and mobilization to fulfil women's rights and achieve social justice, a commitment heroically undertaken also and greatly inspired by the Mirabal sisters. 

The GCWA extends its codolences to the Mirabal sisters.