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Dedé Mirabal Reyes and Minou Tavárez Mirabal are descendants of the Mirabal family, activists whose history of resistance to Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic during the 1960s made them worldwide symbols of political resistance. Their story is told in Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies. On November 25, 1960, Trujillo’s operatives killed the sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, for their involvement in efforts to overthrow his government. The United Nations now marks the anniversary of their assassination as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Dedé Mirabal Reyes is the last surviving sister of the “Butterflies.” Minou Tavárez Mirabal is her niece, and daughter of the late Minerva Mirabal. She addresses historic and current social conditions as they involve violence against women in the Dominican Republic

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