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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women commemorated worldwide

In addition to Thanksgiving, it's also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. I found out because I ran into these pictures on the wire, and they're from all over the world. Here's a statement by the U.S. Secreatary of State, Hillary Clinton.  

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A woman lights candles next to cardboard silhouettes representing women killed as a result of domestic violence in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 during an event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Romania, an European Union member state, still has no proper legal framework to combat domestic violence against women, with police unable to intervene if acts of violence take place inside the couple's home.

Jeffrey Arguedas / EPA

A woman who takes part in a rally in which thousands celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, puts the name of a victim of domestic violence on a wall of the Supreme Court in San Jose, Costa Rica, 25 November 2010. 12 Associations in defence of women rights called for the march.

JALIL REZAYEE / EPA

Afghan women who were either allegedly burnt by their male relatives or who tried to self-immolate, receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Herat Afghanistan, 25 November 2010, as world observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Afghanistan's independent human rights watchdogs and civil society organizations have been saying that gender violence has reached an alarming level in the country and efforts must be redoubled to tackle it. Forced marriages and a lack of education contribute to a recent spate of suicide attempts among women in Afghanistan. Ten women in the western town of Herat have committed suicide by self-immolation in the past year.

Rodrigo Abd / AP

A man sticks a paper onto the costume of an activist known as 'Pirulina' that reads in Spanish 'Violence', before a march commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Guatemala City, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.

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Masked women take part in a demonstration for the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, on November 25, 2010.

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Two soldiers walk past mock coffins outside the law court during a demonstration to raise awareness for the growing number of women being killed in incidents of domestic violence across Israel in Tel Aviv, on 25 November 2010.