Women’s Aid Campaign Begins Outside Dáil Éireann

Tomorrow (25th November), Women’s Aid will be launching our National 16 Days Campaign, “Breaking the Silence around Domestic Violence”, with a public action outside Dáil Éireann, beginning at 11am. Staff, volunteers and supporters will highlight the underside of intimate relationships at the event. We will blog photos and any media coverage of our event further into the campaign.

Domestic Violence is a serious crime that affects 1 in 5 women in Ireland (Making the Links, 1995). Domestic violence occurs in every social and economic grouping of society, all ethnic groups and cultures and among people of every educational background. There is no “type” of woman to whom it occurs, and there is no “type” of home in which it happens. Sadly, domestic violence is a feature of contemporary family life.

Domestic violence legislation in Ireland is inadequate and offers no protection to certain groups of women whose circumstances fall outside current strict eligibility criteria. Women’s Aid believes that everyone experiencing abuse at the hands of an intimate partner or ex-partner deserves legal protection. During the 16 Days of Action, Women’s Aid will call on the Government to act to protect vulnerable women by removing all cohabitation requirements from the current legislation.

3 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS YEAR’S 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN:

1) ’16 FACTS FOR 16 DAYS’ Email Campaign: Join the thousands of people who receive the daily ’16 Facts for 16 Days’ email to get the latest national and international statistics on violence against women delivered to your inbox each day of the campaign. Women’s Aid encourages recipients to forward the emails to friends, supporters, and members during the campaign. Sign up today – email 16days@womensaid.ie or phone 01-8684721.

2) ADD OUR WEB BANNER to your website by going here: https://ireland16days.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/web-banner1.jpg

3) READ AND PASS ON THE 16 BOOKS FOR 16 DAYS:

This year Women’s Aid is very happy to be collaborating with Chapters Bookstore on Parnell Street – Ireland’s largest independent bookstore – to bring you 16 Books for 16 Days, a series of recommendations for great reads that deal with the issue of violence against women. Stop in to Chapters to grab one for yourself, give one as a gift, or choose one for your book club. The list of recommendations is below, and we will be highlighting one book during each of the 16 Days on the Blog. Enjoy!

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • Tragedy in Tin Can Holler by Rozetta Mowrey
  • This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossaeini
  • Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Domestic Violence (Poetry) by Eavan Boland
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • The Speckled People – A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood by Hugo Hamilton (2004)
  • Beyond the Tears: A Survivors Story by Lynn Tolson
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • The Woman who walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle
  • We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

* please circulate this flyer to fellow bookworms: 16 Books for 16 Days

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