Support Urged for International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2013

Speaking on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Sinead Ahern, Chair of Labour Women said: “Nearly one in five women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Domestic violence is one of the few crimes which has become more common over the last number of years. Today sees Women’s Aid launch its 16 Days campaign which aims to raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence in Ireland today. 

“The 16 Days campaign also works towards positive change to increase women's safety. Earlier this year, Labour TD Anne Ferris in her capacity as Vice-Chair of the Justice Committee and Rapporteur on Domestic Violence invited submissions from interested parties on domestic violence in order to examine the upwards trend of domestic violence incidents over the past few years and to investigate any appropriate government responses. Labour Women will be watching with interest when the Justice Committee hosts a series of public meetings on these submissions in the New Year and looks forward to the publication of the Report analysing possible government action points.

“Labour Women also support the White Ribbon Campaign launched today by the Men’s Development Network, which asks men to take a stand against violence against women and girls. Violence against women damages society as a whole and it is important that men make a commitment to join the campaign to end violence against women. By taking part in the campaign men can take a stand, influencing their peers, sons, brothers, and fathers and saying simply and clearly that violence against women is not acceptable.

“We cannot tackle violence against women without sending a clear message to all men that violence against women is wrong. Labour Women encourages all men to support the White Ribbon Campaign today. By wearing a white ribbon and speaking out against violence are simple things all men can do to help eliminate the violence which many women suffer every day.”

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