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Day 10 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign

Today is Day 10 of the Campaign, Freedom From Pornography Day, and here are some of the events taking place:

Women’s Aid Events:

  • 16 Facts for 16 Days email campaign (email 16days@womensaid.ie 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:

  • Coffee Morning and Poster Display in Athy
  • Wellness Workshop in Kildare
  • Lilac Ribbon Campaign begins in Dublin
  • Near 90 FM’s “A Woman’s Voice” Broadcast
  • Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition continues in Wexford
  • 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

International Events:

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

There are also several messages of support for the Campaign from a variety of important Irish people and organisations, and from some international organisations, explaining why the 16 Days Campaign is so important to each of them. Use any of these events and campaigns as a way to get involved yourself, and share the information with your friends and family!


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Senator Ivana Bacik supports the 16 Days Campaign

I very much support the good work that Women’s Aid does in supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence. However, I am very concerned at the inadequacies of the legal system in responding to those victims of domestic violence, and in particular I am very concerned at the low levels of reporting of severe abuse to the Garda Síochána by women who are victims of domestic violence. I believe that an urgent review is required of the response of the criminal justice system to women who experience domestic violence, as there are clearly inadequate levels of support available to those women.

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Coffee Morning in Athy

Athy CDP are holding a Coffee Morning on 4th December. There will also be posters designed by the students of Ard Scoil na Trionoide and Youthreach on display at the library in Athy during the 16 Days.

All are welcome to come for the morning at the library in Athy from 11am. Contact athycdp@eircom.net for more information.

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Wellness Workshops

There will be a series of ‘wellness workshops’ at different Centres (The Curragh Pride FRC, Newbridge FRC and Allenwood CDP). These will look at stress relief, relaxation and positive visualisation for women. These sessions also provide an opportunity to raise awareness, provide information and offer support.

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Wear a lilac ribbon to support Freedom from Pornography

As part of the 16 Days of Action, The Inchicore Outreach Centre will  highlight the issue of pornography.

Join them on Freedom From Pornography Day, December 4th by wearing a lilac ribbon in support of the campaign.  Below is some information on the FFPC.  This information will be sent out on the day as well as part of an e-mail campaign.  Spread the word and forward on this information to all your contacts.

  The Freedom From Pornography Campaign (FFPC) was set up in Dublin in 2003. At that time it consisted of a coalition of individuals and groups working on women’s human rights issues including The Inchicore Outreach Centre, the National Domestic Violence intervention Agency, The Rape Crisis Centre, Kilkenny, Women’s Aid and the National Women’s Council of Ireland. The aim of the campaign was and is to eliminate pornography and to promote a society in which all people enjoy sexuality based on respect, safety, equality and mutuality. Pornography was defined as graphic, sexually explicit material which subordinates women and recognizes pornography as part of the wider sex industry. We understand pornography in the context of politics, human rights, power and profit.

Over the following years much work was done in making presentations, raising awareness, attending seminars and conferences on pornography, doing interviews and eventually celebrating the first Freedom From Pornography Day on 4th December, 2008 as part of the 16 Days. People were asked to wear purple/mauve ribbons to honor the day. For further information please contact Kate or Anita at inch.outreach@hotmail.com or write to PO BOX 10042. A registration fee of €10 is requested.

FFP Campaign Information

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