November 25th is the ?International Day for the Elimination Of Violence Against Women.? The UN General Assembly officially marked the day in 1999. However, women activists have marked November 25th as a day against violence since 1981. It was on that day that three women activists were assassinated in the Dominican Republic.

Daniella Nierenberg is a researcher with the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization based in Washington DC. She spoke with English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about why the day is commemorated.

She says, "One in three women worldwide has experienced abuse in her lifetime."