Dominican Republic 200 Pesos Oro banknote 2007 Mirabal Sisters

Dominican Republic currency 200 Pesos Oro banknote 2007 Mirabal Sisters
Dominican Republic money 200 Pesos Oro banknote 2007 Monument to the Mirabal Sisters in Salcedo

Dominican Republic 200 Pesos Oro banknote 2007 Mirabal Sisters
The sisters called themselves "Las Mariposas" ("The Butterflies"), after Minerva's underground name.
Central Bank of the Dominican Republic - Banco Central de la República Dominicana
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Obverse: The Mirabal Sisters - four Dominican political dissidents who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Depicted are the three sisters, Patria Mirabal, Minerva Mirabal and Maria Teresa Mirabal, who were assassinated in 1960. Seal of the Central Bank of the Republic. A butterfly symbolising the Mirabal sisters. Blossoms of the Mahogany Tree, La caoba (Swietenia mahagoni), formerly (1957-2011) the national flower and now the national tree of the Dominican Republic. Violet on multicolor underprint.
Signatures: Hector Valdez Albizu (Gobernador del Banco Central) and Vicente Bengoa (Secretario de Estado de Finanzas).
Reverse: Monument to the Mirabal Sisters in Salcedo in a small park across the street from the  Mirabal family's first home in Ojo de Aqua. Note the three "butterflies" on top.

Watermark: Juan Pablo Duarte; Electrotype 200.
Dimensions: 156 x 76 mm.
Printer: De La Rue, London.

Texts: Banco Central de la Republica Dominicana. Este billete tiene fuerza liberatoria para el pago de todas las obligaciones publicas o privadas. Gobernador del Banco Central. Secretario de Estado de Hacienda. Doscientos Pesos Oro. Dios. Patria. Libertad. Monumento a Las Hermanas Mirabal.

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Mirabal Sisters
The Mirabal Sisters, were four Dominican sisters who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and were involved in clandestine activities against his regime. Three of the sisters were assassinated on 25 November 1960. The assassinations turned the Mirabal sisters into "symbols of both popular and feminist resistance".
In 1999, in the sisters' honor, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Patria Mercedes Mirabal Reyes               (Common Name - Patria, 27 February 1924 - 25 November 1960)
Bélgica Adela Mirabal Reyes                   (Common Name - Dedé, 1 March 1925 - 1 February 2014)
María Argentina Minerva Mirabal Reyes  (Common Name - Minerva, 12 March 1926 - 25 November 1960)
Antonia María Teresa Mirabal Reyes       (Common Name - María Teresa, 15 October 1935 - 25 November 1960)

The Mirabal family were farmers from the central Cibao region of the Dominican Republic. The sisters grew up in a middle-class environment, raised by their parents, Enrique Mirabal Fernández and Mercedes Reyes Camilo. Unlike her sisters, Dedé never attended college. She worked as a homemaker and helped run the family business in agriculture and cattle.

Patria Mercedes Mirabal Reyes
Patria Mercedes Mirabal Reyes, commonly known as Patria, was the eldest of the four Mirabal sisters, born on 27 February 1924. When she was 14, she was sent by her parents to a Catholic boarding school, Colegio Inmaculada Concepción in La Vega. She left school when she was 17 and married Pedro González, a farmer, who would later aid her in challenging the Trujillo regime. Patria is quoted as saying, "We cannot allow our children to grow up in this corrupt and tyrannical regime. We have to fight against it, and I am willing to give up everything, even my life if necessary."

María Argentina Minerva Mirabal Reyes
María Argentina Minerva Mirabal Reyes, commonly known as Minerva, was the third daughter, born on 12 March 1926. At the age of 12, she followed Patria to the Colegio Inmaculada Concepción. After graduating, she enrolled at the University of Santo Domingo. She studied law, but because she had declined Trujillo's romantic advances in 1949, she was denied a license to practice. At the university, she met her husband, Manuel Tavárez Justo, who would help her fight the Trujillo regime. Minerva was the most vocal and radical of the Mirabal daughters, and she was arrested and harassed on multiple occasions on orders given by Trujillo himself. She was quoted as saying, "It is a source of happiness to do whatever can be done for our country that suffers so many anguishes. It is sad to stay with one's arms crossed."

Antonia María Teresa Mirabal Reyes
Antonia María Teresa Mirabal Reyes, commonly known as María Teresa, was the fourth and youngest daughter, born on 15 October 1935. She attended the Colegio Inmaculada Concepción, graduated from the Liceo de San Francisco de Macorís in 1954, and went on to the University of Santo Domingo, where she studied mathematics. After completing her education, she married Leandro Guzmán. She greatly admired her older sister Minerva and became passionate about Minerva's political views. María Teresa, too, was arrested and harassed on direct orders from Trujillo. She once said, "Perhaps what we have most near is death, but that idea does not frighten me. We shall continue to fight for that which is just."

Political activities
Influenced by her uncle, Minerva became involved in the political movement against Trujillo, who was the country's official president from 1930 to 1938 and from 1942 to 1952, but ruled behind the scenes as a dictator from 1930 until his assassination in 1961. Minerva's sisters followed her into the movement: first María Teresa, who joined after staying at Minerva's house and learning about her activities, and then Patria, who joined after witnessing a massacre by some of Trujillo's men while on a religious retreat. Dedé did not join, in part because her husband, Jaimito, did not want her to.
  Minerva, María Teresa, and Patria formed a group called the Movement of the Fourteenth of June, named after the date of the massacre Patria witnessed, to oppose the Trujillo regime. They distributed pamphlets about the many people whom Trujillo had killed, and obtained materials for guns and bombs to use when they eventually openly revolted. Within the group, the sisters called themselves "Las Mariposas" ("The Butterflies"), after Minerva's underground name.
  Minerva and María Teresa were incarcerated but were not tortured thanks to mounting international opposition to Trujillo's regime. Their and Patria's husbands, who were also involved in the underground activities, were incarcerated at La Victoria Penitentiary in Santo Domingo.
  In 1960, the Organization of American States condemned Trujillo's actions and sent observers. Minerva and María Teresa were freed, but their husbands remained in prison. On a remembrance website, Learn to Question, the author writes, "No matter how many times Trujillo jailed them, no matter how much of their property and possessions he seized, Minerva, Patria and María Teresa refused to give up on their mission to restore democracy and civil liberties to the island nation."

On 25 November 1960, Patria, Minerva, María Teresa, and their driver, Rufino de la Cruz, were visiting María Teresa and Minerva's incarcerated husbands. On the way home, they were stopped by Trujillo's henchmen. The sisters and de la Cruz were separated and clubbed to death. The bodies were then gathered and put in their Jeep, which was run off the mountain road in an attempt to make their deaths look like an accident.
  After Trujillo was assassinated in May 1961, General Pupo Román admitted to having personal knowledge that the sisters were killed by Victor Alicinio Peña Rivera, Trujillo's right-hand man, along with Ciriaco de la Rosa, Ramon Emilio Rojas, Alfonso Cruz Valeria, and Emilio Estrada Malleta, members of his secret police force. As to whether Trujillo ordered the killings or whether the secret police acted on its own, Chevalier wrote, "We know orders of this nature could not come from any authority lower than national sovereignty. That was none other than Trujillo himself; still less could it have taken place without his assent." Also, one of the murderers, Ciriaco de la Rosa, said "I tried to prevent the disaster, but I could not because if I had he, Trujillo, would have killed us all...."

According to historian Bernard Diederich, the sisters' assassinations "had greater effect on Dominicans than most of Trujillo's other crimes". The killings, he wrote, "did something to their machismo" and paved the way for Trujillo's own assassination six months later.
  However, the details of the Mirabal sisters' assassinations were "treated gingerly at the official level" until 1996, when President Joaquín Balaguer was forced to step down after more than two decades in power. Balaguer was Trujillo's protégé and had been the president at the time of the assassinations in 1960 (though, at the time, he "distanced himself from General Trujillo and initially carved out a more moderate political stance"). A review of the history curriculum in public schools in 1997 recognized the Mirabals as national martyrs. The post-Balaguer era has seen a marked increase in homages to the Mirabal sisters, including an exhibition of their belongings at the National Museum of History and Geography in Santo Domingo and the transformation of Trujillo's obelisk into a mural dedicated in their honor.
  After the assassinations, the surviving sister, Dedé, devoted her life to the legacy of her sisters. She raised their six children, including Minou Tavárez Mirabal, Minerva's daughter, who has served as deputy for the National District in the lower house of the Dominican Congress since 2002 and was deputy foreign minister before that (1996–2000). Of Dedé's own three children, Jaime David Fernández Mirabal is the minister for environment and natural resources and a former vice president of the Dominican Republic. In 1992, Dedé created the Mirabal Sisters Foundation, and in 1994, she opened the Mirabal Sisters Museum in the sisters' hometown, Salcedo. She published a book, Vivas en su Jardín, on 25 August 2009. She lived in the house in Salcedo where the sisters were born until her death in 2014, aged 88.

 - On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in honor of the sisters. It marks the beginning of a 16-day period of Activism against Gender Violence. The last day of that period, 10 December, is International Human Rights Day.
 - On 21 November 2007, Salcedo Province was renamed Hermanas Mirabal Province.
 - The 200 Dominican pesos bill features the sisters, and a stamp was issued in their memory.
 - The 137-foot obelisk that Trujillo built in 1935 to commemorate the renaming of the capital city from Santo Domingo to Ciudad Trujillo has been covered with murals honoring the sisters. In 1997, the telecommunications company CODETEL (now Claro) sponsored a mural by Elsa Núñez. Every few years, the mural changes. In 2005, Amaya Salazar created one; in 2011, Banco del Progreso sponsored Dustin Muñoz to redo the mural.
 - Being globally recognized as a symbol of social justice and feminism, the sisters have inspired the creation of many organizations that focus on keeping their legacy alive through social actions. An example of one of these organizations is the Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the status of immigrant families.