Guest Blog Post by Caroline at Pavee Point

Pavee Point VAW programme has joined in theWomens’ Aid 16 days of Action Opposing Violence against Women. We will start our campaign tomorrow by celebrating all women with a pampering session for staff, the women from the Primary Health Care group, the Roma programme and invited guests.

The session will also be used as an opportunity to raise awareness on issues of gender based violence. We will also be remembering the 159 women who have been murdered since 1996 in the Republic of Ireland by holding a minute’s silence and we will hold representational red bows marking the life of each woman who has died.

The VAW programme also plans to engage in as many events as possible during the 16 days campaign and we will log our involvement during the campaign on the blog. We will attend the first Rape and Justice in Ireland Conference organised by the RCNI on December 7th as well as many events happening during Traveller Focus Week which commences on 30th November (www.tfw.ie). We look forward to reporting in our journey through the 16 days and hope that our involvement will help us raise awareness within the Traveller community of the help that is available to Traveller women living in violent relationships.

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