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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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Day 5: An Garda Síochána Support the 16 Days Campaign

An Garda Síochána is happy to support the ongoing work of Women’s Aid and is pleased that the topic of violence against women is being highlighted. An Garda Síochána wishes to assure those suffering such violence that help is available. Silence protects the offender and means that the victim goes on suffering. An Garda Síochána appeals to anyone who is a victim or knows or suspects that someone they know is a victim of domestic violence to report it as soon as possible to the nearest Garda station, or if there is an immediate danger to life ring 999 or 112 and ask for the Gardaí. Members of An Garda Síochána are trained to investigate these crimes and are in a position to provide details of the many non-governmental agencies working in this area. An Garda Síochána would like to thank Women’s Aid for the support it provides and wishes it well in its campaign.

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16 Books for 16 Days – Book 5

Day 5:  This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (2008)

With This Charming Man, Marian Keyes hits her stride as a novelist with her best novel yet, telling the stories of four women who are shaped by one man

Paddy de Courcy is Ireland’s debonair politician, the “John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin.” His charm and charisma have taken hold of the country and the tabloids, not to mention our four heroines: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia. But though Paddy’s winning smile is fooling Irish minds, the broken hearts he’s left in his past offer a far more truthful look into his character.

Narrated in turn by each woman, This Charming Man explores how their love for this one man has shaped their lives. But in true Marian Keyes fashion, this is more than a story of four love affairs. It’s a testament to the strength women find in themselves through work, friendship, and family, no matter what demons may be haunting their lives. Depression, self-doubt, domestic abuse—each of these women has seen tough times in life, and it’s through Keyes’s wonderful storytelling ability that these subjects are approached with the appropriate tone and candor. Her deft touch provides a gripping story and, ultimately, a redemptive ending.

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