UPDATED August 1st, 2016
November 25 marks the 53rd anniversary of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, who are also known as Las Mariposas or The Butterflies. The four Mirabal sisters were civil rights activists in the Dominican Republic. Three of them were assassinated on orders from dictator Rafael Trujillo, and they quickly became heroines and martyrs in the fight against his repressive regime. Worldwide, Las Miraposas became symbols of resistance and democracy, and they inspired the creation of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.