Green Party Deputy Leader and Women’s Affairs spokesperson Mary White TD has welcomed the start of an international campaign to stop violence against women. The 16 Days Campaign began yesterday and aims to raise awareness and help break the silence about domestic violence in the home.
Deputy White said: “Violence against women remains one of the greatest and most common rights abuses today. Research has shown that one in five women in Ireland experience sexual violence as adults yet only 15% of these incidents will end in conviction.
“In 2008 there were over 15,000 incidents of domestic violence disclosed to the Womens’ Aid National Helpline. And disturbingly, one in eight women surveyed in a Dublin Maternity hospital had experienced domestic violence during pregnancy.
“During this campaign we must acknowledge the great work that volunteers in call centres and support centres do every day across Ireland. NGOs providing crisis and support services to women experiencing gender based violence must be adequately funded if we are to make any progress on the issue.
“As a Government TD I will be working to ensure the best supports are available for women suffering in troubled and violent relationships, particularly during this time of economic downturn when statistics show that violence can increase in the home when there are strains on the family income.”
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Longford Women’s Link (LWL) is holding The Walk of Remembrance to commemorate the 159 women who have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.
LWL encourage everyone to join the walk and stress that by taking part in the walk, community members can show support for women in the community living in fear in their own homes, who need to know they are not alone. In addition, people can show that Longford has Zero tolerance of Violence against Women in the community.
Date: Thursday 26th November; Time: 1.00pm– 1.30pm
Location: Gathering in the Market Square & walking to No 46 Main Street.
For more information contact Angela at LWL at 043-3341511.
Newbridge Family Resource Centre will host a series of three Art Workshops in conjunction with Artist Lorraine Walsh; exploring issues around domestic violence, the workshop will also look at empowerment or overcoming obstacles to empowerment for women. This piece will then be displayed in the Riverbank Arts Centre, on the closing day of the ‘16 days’ which is the 10th of December and Human Rights Day.
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Wexford Local Area Network on Violence Against Women will be holding 2 days of events to raise awareness of violence against women during the international “16 Days of Action” Campaign.
Wednesday November 25th ;
1pm : Official launch by Mayor of Wexford with speakers from various agencies including Wexford Women’s Refuge, Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Service, MEND, Gardai, HSE. Panel discussion and questions.
8pm : Screening of “Take My Eyes”, award winning Spanish film. Suitable for adults. Described by Time Out as “A superb drama….superb writing….excellent performances”
Thursday November 26th;
8pm : Poetry, Readings and Music.
- Over the two days, there will be an exhibition of works by local schools and women’s groups on their interpretation of violence against women.
- Excerpts from the “Violence Against Women 365 Poster Exhibition” created by Colm Dempsey will also be on display. This exhibition has received acclaim and travelled to 11 countries since it first went on public display in 2004.
- Information from various agencies and organisations will also be freely available.
Please feel free to come and view the exhibition in the Mc Carthy Suite at any time over the two days. All events are free of charge….Please come along and bring a friend.
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The Congolese Anti-Poverty Network is hosting a Congolese Awareness Event on Thursday 26th November 2009. The event will take place in Wynns Hotel, Lr. Abbey St. Dublin 1 between 6.00pm – 10.00pm.
The aim of the event is to bring together Irish and Congolese individuals and organisations to discuss- and better understand- the current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the integration of Congolese young people in Ireland and to strengthen the relationship between Ireland and the DRC. As the event is also linked with the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women, the CAPN calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
Speakers at the event include Vincent Browne, Journalist & Broadcaster, Pierrot Ngadi, Chairperson -CAPN and Florence Boloko, Congolese woman gender champion.
Further information is available from Bonnix Kayabu at email@example.com or from www.congoapn.com
Dublin 12 Domestic Violence Service is hosting a Domestic Violence Forum. The theme for the day is “The impacts and effects that domestic violence has on a woman’s femininity”. There will be group workshops, feedback and a Q&A session, as well as a Candle Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the number of women who have been murdered through domestic violence in Ireland since 1996.
The purpose of the Forum is to bring together the different strands of community and statutory organisations to work together to ensure best practice in responding to women experiencing domestic abuse.
The Domestic Violence Forum is on 26th November in St Agnes Parish Centre, St Agnes Road, Crumlin Village, Dublin 12. For more information and to RSVP contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 408 7737.