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Guest blog from Amanda Kelly, Co-ordinator of Laois branch of Amnesty International


My name is Amanda Kelly and I am the Co-Ordinator of the Laois branch of Amnesty International. We are supporting Women’s Aid ’16 Days’ campaign. We are part of two events taking place during the 16 days.

On November 30th, Amnesty Ireland’s Executive Director, Colm O’Gorman came to Portlaoise to address Laois County Councillors at their monthly Council Meeting. He asked them to support the call for a Women’s Refuge in the County. The idea was warmly welcomed by the County Councillors. A motion was then passed at that meeting that Laois County Council would advocate the provision of a Women’s Refuge in the county, enabling victims of domestic violence to seek shelter within their own county.  The County Manager is requested to engage with the H.S.E. to pursue the matter.

Yesterday, December 8th saw Laois Amnesty support Laois Support Services for Domestic Violence’s “March of Hope”. The event will started at 3.45 p.m., convening at the Garda Station in Portlaoise and proceeding to the Courthouse. At 4 o’clock, a minute’s silence was observed for the 159 women who died as a result of violence in Ireland since 1996. 159 balloons were released to mark each of their lives. Candles and “Stop Violence Against Women” banners were also carried at the event. I’m glad to say that our event was very well attended. Laois Support Services for Domestic Abuse are an essential and vital element in supporting and assisting victims of domestic abuse in County Laois.    

Continued good wishes with the wonderful work you do. Through your website, you provide groups such as ours, the benefit of your knowledge and statistics, which we can use to raise awareness of your organisation at any ‘Stop Violence Against Women’ event we run locally throughout the year.


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Guest Blog from “Take Back the Tech!”

Take Back The Tech! is a collaborative campaign that takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec). It is a call to everyone – especially women and girls – to take control of technology to end violence against women.

Build the campaign with your thoughts, ideas, words and imagination. Create and share digital postcards. Find out more about the reality of violence against women by watching digital stories. Blog with us. Upload and share video and audio clips. Create your own Take Back The Tech! campaign.

We are past the half-way point of the Take Back The Tech! 16 days of activism campaign, and hope that you’ve managed to find some time to do a couple of the daily actions, or to tweet about them and help pass the word.

We’ve had some amazing TBTT campaigns taking place in many parts of the world. Here’s a quick glimpse into just some of them:

* In Brazil, G2G are organising their fourth TBTT campaign with local actions in the cities of Cachoeira (Bahia state), Campinas, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, feminist solidarity blogging, translating materials, and lots of collaborative action over ICT platforms.

* In Congo, campaigners are organising talks, discussions and workshops on VAW and ICT, blogging and twittering, and staging a play in schools about the issue.

* OneWorld South East Europe is creating lots of different types of creative content including digital stories and online books to generate knowledge, awareness and a buzz around the issue.

* In Pakistan, 16 local actions are being organised throughout the campaign period, including non-stop twittering and collaborative composition of a song against violence.

* And on Second Life, campaigners are staging protests, engaging in panel discussions and organising exhibitions.

Today is another fantastic day to take action 🙂


Today’s Action: Vote against violence | Say it with symbols


Signs and symbols communicate ideas in powerful ways. They are critical elements of movement building, acting as quick and identifiable signifiers of a common vision and set of principles. When you see the icon of a woman symbol with a fist in the middle, it is immediately understood as feminist. When you put it on a t-shirt or spray it on your bag and wear it, you are claiming the identity and standpoint.

Button badges are an effective vehicle for the communication of symbols, and have a long herstory in women’s movements. Attend any gathering, and chances are, you would have picked up a cool button badge or two that calls for support to an issue you believe in. The small size of the button badge means that strong ideas are condensed into a powerful symbol, icon or statement. Which is also why it works. You can wear it anytime and transform a space by catalysing a train of thought or conversation through the strength of its meaning.

Cast your vote to end violence against women today. Click here to “Say it with a button!”

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Day 14 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign

Today is Day 14 of the 16 Days of Action Campaign 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:

  • Information Stand and Ribbon Display in McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny
  • The ‘Lantern Experience’ in Belmullet
  • March of Hope in Portlaoise
  • Near 90 FM’s “A Woman’s Voice” Broadcast
  • 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! (www.takebackthetech.net)

International Events:

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

There are also lots of 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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Joyce Loughnan, CEO of Focus Ireland, supports the 16 Days Campaign

Domestic violence is a major cause of women and children becoming homeless in Ireland.   Focus Ireland is committed to ensuring that those who experience domestic violence are supported out from being homeless to a place they can call home.  We are also committed to working with others to address the root causes of domestic violence in order to prevent people becoming homeless. Women’s Aid 16 Days Campaign is an important initiative which not only highlights the scale of the issue but focuses the attention of both the public and service providers to do everything in our power to end domestic violence.

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Amber sets up Information Stand at McDonagh Junction

McDonagh Junction will be the venue of an Information Stand on Tuesday 8th December from 11am to 3pm. There will be information about the 16 Days Campaign, as well as information about Amber (Kilkenny Women’s Refuge) available. In addition to the stand, there will be a ribbon display with each ribbon representing a woman who has been murdered in Ireland since 1996. Please pop over to the stand and show your support!

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The ‘Lantern Experience’ Comes to Belmullet

Erris Local Area Network Opposing Violence Against Women invites you to The ‘Lantern Experience’ at the Docks in Belmullet, Tuesday 8th December at 6.00pm. 159 Chinese Lanterns will be released in memory of the 159 women in Ireland who have lost their lives through violence since 1996. Please show your support for and solidarity with these women and their families by coming along to the event. For €2.00, you can show extra support and sponsor a lantern. Refreshments will be served in the Western Strands Hotel after the Docks. For further information, contact Rose at Iorras Le Chéile: 097 20828

Erris Local Area Network is facilitated by the Iorras Le Chéile Community Development Project in conjunction with Mayo Women Support Services and Mayo Rape Crisis Centre. It’s main objectives are:-

  • To create a zero tolerance to Domestic Violence in Erris
  • To raise awareness of the issue of violence and abuse against women.
  • To work to improve services and supports for women and children living with abuse and those who have survived abuse.

“The individual and collective response to creating a community free from domestic violence must come from the community itself”. Women can contact Mayo Women’s Domestic Violence Service on 094 9025409 or Mayo Rape Crisis Centre on 094 9025657.  Iorras Le Chéile is on Main Street, Belmullet 097 20828.

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March of Hope

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