Tag Archives: 7th December

COPE Galway Waterside House Poster Campaign

On Friday 27th November, COPE Galway, Waterside House launched its poster campaign. The campaign was launched by the Connaught Rugby squad with the tagline “REAL MEN SAY THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”. The reference to “REAL MEN” is to draw attenstion to the fact that in general sportsmen provide very positive role models for many men and as such thay are ideally placed to deliver powerful messages about men’s behaviour.

Further information is available at 091-565985 or watersidehouse@copegalway.ie


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Laura Whitmore, Presenter MTV supports the 16 Days Campaign

“I have always been an advocate of women’s equality even before I acted as Woman’s Equality officer on my student’s union in college. I’ve learned that domestic violence can happen in any age bracket or social group. ‘One in five women in Ireland experience domestic violence’ – that means whether we realise it or not someone we know has been affected by it. Scary but true.

The work and awareness raised by Women’s Aid is vital in supporting the many women who experience violence behind closed doors.  It is disgusting to think that so many women suffer at the hands of those closest to them. This campaign gives silenced women a voice and I am delighted to support it in any way I can.

On 25th November 2009, we will mark the 10th anniversary of the UN recognition of this day for the elimination of violence against women. This is a time for us not only to contemplate the progress made towards combating domestic violence but  also for us to consider the sobering reality that there still remains much work to be done.”

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Day 13 of the Campaign

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 Bookstore on Parnell Street, Dublin 1
  • Women’s Aid Online Advertising Campaign
  • Women’s Aid ‘Support a Friend’ Phone Charm Campaign

Events Around Ireland:

  • “Rape & Justice in Ireland” conference in Dublin
  • Launch of “We can break the Silence” in Longford
  • Launch of “Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition “in Waterford
  • Lilac Ribbon Freedom from Pornography Campaign in Dublin
  • 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

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Guest Blog Post by Caroline at Pavee Point

Pavee Point VAW programme has joined in theWomens’ Aid 16 days of Action Opposing Violence against Women. We will start our campaign tomorrow by celebrating all women with a pampering session for staff, the women from the Primary Health Care group, the Roma programme and invited guests.

The session will also be used as an opportunity to raise awareness on issues of gender based violence. We will also be remembering the 159 women who have been murdered since 1996 in the Republic of Ireland by holding a minute’s silence and we will hold representational red bows marking the life of each woman who has died.

The VAW programme also plans to engage in as many events as possible during the 16 days campaign and we will log our involvement during the campaign on the blog. We will attend the first Rape and Justice in Ireland Conference organised by the RCNI on December 7th as well as many events happening during Traveller Focus Week which commences on 30th November (www.tfw.ie). We look forward to reporting in our journey through the 16 days and hope that our involvement will help us raise awareness within the Traveller community of the help that is available to Traveller women living in violent relationships.

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Launch of Booklet “We can break the Silence”

Bishop Colm O’ Reilly will launch a new publication produced by Longford Women’s Link illustrating the impact of domestic violence from the perspective of different family members. The booklet is aimed at assisting the community to understand the complex nature of violence and abuse experienced by many women and children in Longford. This booklet will reach the entire county of Longford as it is being posted out to every house early in the New Year.

DATE: Monday 7th December; Time:6.00pm; Location: Longford Library, Longford Town

For more information about these events, contact Angela at 043-3341511

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Launch of “Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition”

Waterford Local Area Network (LAN) on Violence Against Women presents the “Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition” at the Waterford City Library. The exhibition will be launched by the Mayor Cllr. John Halligan on Monday 7th December at 11am. The exhibition will remain at the Library until the 12th December. “Violence against women is everybody’s business” – please join the organisers at this event to show your support for women who are or have been victims of violence.

The LAN is a network made up of statutory, community and voluntary groups that provide services to women who are or have been victims of violence. The LAN aims to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women, improve communication between service providers and to  help more women access those services.

For further information please contact: Breda from Waterford Women’s Centre (051 351 918), Veronica of Independent Mothers Project (051 352 866), Oasis House (051 370 367) or John of S.E.D.V.I.P. (051 844 260).

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Rape & Justice in Ireland: Report Launch & Conference


During the 16 Days Campaign 2009,  the Rape Crisis Network Ireland to launch its Research Report with a special one day conference. 

Date: 7th December 2009

Venue: The Royal College of Physicians, Number Six, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) will release of the report arising out of the 4 year research project commissioned by the RCNI and undertaken by the NUIGalway Dept. of Law, led by Conor Hanly with Dr. Deirdre Healy and Stacey Scriver.

According to Fiona Neary, RCNI Executive Director, ‘This ground-breaking, landmark research will inform the investigation of crimes of sexual violence in Ireland for decades to come, and paves the way for further critical research projects.’

A one-day conference, to coincide with the launch, will address the key findings and far reaching recommendations. This event includes key spokespersons such as the DPP, the Garda Commissioner, members of the Judiciary and legal profession as well as other key agencies impacted by the research recommendations.’

As space is limited this is an invitation only one day conference. The RCNI will be issuing formal invitations in October.

 If you would like to request an invitation please contact sarah@rcni.ie

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