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Nominate our blog for Irish Blog Awards 2010

If you have found our blog to be a useful, enlightening, or helpful resource, please take a moment to nominate us in the Irish Blog Awards at

You can nominate us under the category ‘Best Political Blog’. The details you need are:

Name of Blog: Ireland 16 Days

URL of blog:

Blog contact name: Christina Sherlock

Blog contact details: Phone, 01 868 4721; email,

Thanks for your support, as always!


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Senator Ivana Bacik calls for debate on Domestic Violence and Rape Law.

Speaking in the Seanad yesterday, Senator Ivana Bacik called for an urgent debate on domestic violence and rape law, saying:

“As we near the end of the Women’s Aid ‘16 Days’ campaign highlighting the incidence of domestic violence, I think we need an urgent debate in this House to discuss the inadequacies in our legislation for protections for victims of domestic violence. We also need to discuss how best to prevent the incidence of such violence.”

Commending the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland for their conference on rape law held Monday 7th December, Senator Bacik said:

“The study launched yesterday and carried out by Conor Hanly and his team from NUI Galway has made the shocking finding that only one third of rape cases reported to the Gardai lead to the taking of criminal prosecutions by the DPP. The study also found that a narrow stereotype of rape victims may be a factor in the low numbers of rape cases proceeding to trial. We need to look at our rape laws, and our prosecution and trial processes generally, to see how to ensure that more complaints of rape are prosecuted within the criminal justice system.”

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Day 15 of the Campaign

As the 16 Days Campaign draws to a close, there are still plenty of interesting events taking place:

Women’s Aid Events:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days email campaign (email or phone 01-8684721 to sign up)
  • 16 Books for 16 Days in Chapters
  • Women’s Aid Public Awareness Campaign
  • Women’s Aid Online Advertising Campaign
  • Women’s Aid ‘Support a Friend’ Phone Charm Campaign

Events Around Ireland:

  • Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition continues in Waterford
  • Displays at various venues around Mayo
  • Human Rights in Ireland continue their 16 Days Campaign daily blog
  • “In Her Shoes” exhibition in Longford, and also in the Mid-West
  • Information Stands are placed around Sligo and Leitrim
  • Aoibhneas Refuge urges all of us to “Step Out of the Shadows”
  • Clare Women’s Network is running a powerful daily poster campaign
  • Galway Rape Crisis Network is running a daily fact campaign
  • Donegal has a poetry and art display

Cyber Events:

  • Take Back the Tech continue their fabulous campaign with daily actions that are available to everyone! (

International Events:

  • Kenya North Rift Women Voices training events in Kenya
  • FemLINKpacific Community Radio Broadcasts in the Figi Islands

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16 Books for 16 Days – Book 11: The Speckled People by Hugo Hamilton

The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood, by Hugo Hamilton

“I know what it’s like to lose, because I’m Irish and I’m German,” explains Hamilton in this beautiful memoir of a mixed childhood in the years after WWII. Hamilton’s father says they are speckled, breac in Gaelic: spotted like a trout. With an Irish father and a German mother, Hamilton comes to Ireland as a boy in the 1950s and finds a homeland that will never fully accept him. Other children call him “Kraut” and “Nazi” and taunt him with “Sieg Heil!” salutes. Yet Hamilton is in many ways more Irish than they. His father never allows him to speak English and insists the family use the Gaelic form of their last name (O hUrmoltaigh), which many of their neighbors can’t even pronounce. Despite these efforts, Hamilton knows, “we’ll never be Irish enough.” There is much in this Irish memoir that’s familiar to the genre: the dark, overwhelming father; the tragic mother; the odd mix of patriotism and self-loathing (“the hunger strike and Irish coffee” are the country’s greatest inventions, Hamilton’s father says). But the book is never cliched, thanks largely to Hamilton’s frankly poetic language and masterful portrait of childhood. This is really a book about how children see the world: the silent otherworld at the bottom of a swimming pool, the terror of a swarm of bees, the strangeness of a city transformed by snow. By turns lyrical and elegiac, this memoir is an absorbing record of a unique childhood and a vanishing heritage. -Publishers Weekly

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Togo launches National Electronic Forum on Violence Against Women

On 25th November 2009,  Minister Mainounatou Ibrahima (Minister for Social Affairs and the Promotion of Women)  of Togo took part in an Electronic Forum on Violence Against Women.  This Forum aims to use new and traditional electronic media to inform the general population about violence against women. A National Symposium is also planned so that participants in the Forum can discuss its findings and present their findings to the relevant Ministers.

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Violence against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition

The “Violence against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition” has

embarked on its busiest ever schedule for the 16 Days of Action commencing on the 25th November 2009. In response to recent requests, the exhibition is to be on  display as follows:

Full version of Exhibition


November 25th @ … Princess Royal Conference Centre, Ayr, Ayrshire

November 30th – December 8th @ Stranraer, Castle Douglas, Dumfries

December 1st – December 8th @ Dumfries, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

Reduced sized version of Exhibition


November 25th – December 4th @ Wexford, hosted by Wexford Local Area Network on Violence against Women

December 5th -12th @ Waterford City Libary, hosted by Waterford Local Area Network on Violence against Women

Photos from the various displays shall be uploaded later on the “Violence

against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition” group on Facebook

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Day 5: International Human Rights Defenders Day

Sunday is usually a day of rest but during the campaign, many organisations take this opportunity to raise the issue of violence against women in local churches.

Today is Day 5 of the 16 Days Campaign and it is also International Human Rights Defenders Day. Check out the ‘Defending Women – Defending Rights’ Campaign.

Take the time to look at the international calendar of events for the 16 Days Campaign.  Events to raise awareness about the abuse of women’s human rights are taking place all across the globe including South Africa, England, the United States, Mexico, Italy, Norway, Australia, and the Philippines.

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