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Take a look back at the 16 Days of Action Campaign 2010

Posted on December 14, 2010

A big thank you from Women's Aid to everyone who supported the 'One in Five Women' 16 Days of Action Campaign for 2010. This year's campaign was really successful and we are glad that so many people showed their solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland who are living with domestic violence every day.

The Campaign in numbers:

  • Thousands of balloons released around Ireland.
  • Over 100 groups and individuals organised events
  • 200 balloons released by Women's Aid outside Dáil Éireann on 25th November
  • 2,075 balloons released online
  • 16 awareness rasising emails sent to over 1,400 recipients each day
  • Over 700 violence against women awareness posters displayed in the Light House Cinema
  • 17 Messages of Support
  • and almost 7,000 visits to the Women's Aid website during the 16 Days of Action

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Roundup of events: Day 16

Posted on December 10, 2010

  • The South West Kerry Women's Association will be releasing balloons after an Ecumenical Service that they are holding on the 10th December @ 7pm in Caherciveen Church.
  • On the 10th December 2010 the Carlow South Leinster Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre will facilitate the closure of this year 16 Days of Action Campaign by hosting a tea/coffee drop in at lunch from 12pm to 2pm.
  • Sonas Housing Association are launching Viva House, a new women's refuge in Dublin 15. The launch takes place on Friday, 10th December at 10am in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown.
  • To mark the end of the 16 Days of Action, Ronanstown Community Development Project are holding a Silent Vigil. It will take place outside the South Dublin County Council offices, in Clondalkin Village (across from the Mill Centre) on Friday 10 December 2010 from 12.00 to 1.00pm.
  • West Clare Family Resource Centre "In Her Shoes Exhibition" at the corner of Vandeleur St. from 4th December running until 10th December.
  • The Longford Women's Link exhibition and video will finishes today in the library in Longford for the duration of the 16 Days Campaig
  • Women's Aid Solidarity Balloon Action online finishes today - add you voice now.
  • The Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition, curated by Colm Dempsey finishes at The Light House Cinema, Smithfiled, Dublin.
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Service in Sligo "16 stories for 16 days" concludes today.

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Message of Support from An Garda Síochána

Posted on December 10, 2010

An Gardá Síochána

"An Garda Síochána is delighted to again support the ongoing work of Women's Aid and is pleased that the topic of domestic violence is again being highlighted in the run up to Christmas which unfortunately is a time when incidents of violence can increase. No one should have to suffer being physically, mentally, sexually or financially abused by their partner.

An Garda Síochána would like to assure those suffering from such violence that help is available but this help must be requested. It is widely recognised that silence protects the offender and the victim continues to suffer.

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16 Facts Day 16: Female Homicide

Posted on December 10, 2010

10th December: International Human Rights Day

Since 1996 there have been 166 women murdered in the Republic of Ireland. 102 (61%) of these women were killed in their own homes.
[Women's Aid Female Homicide Media Watch, August 2009]

In the 123 cases where perpetrators have been noted, 63 women (51%) were killed by their partner or ex-partner. A further 45 women (37%) were killed by someone they knew (e.g. brother, son, neighbour). Thus, a total of 108 women (88%) were killed by someone they knew. In all of the resolved cases, 99% of perpetrators were male.
[Women's Aid Female Homicide Media Watch, August 2009]

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Message of Support from Ailbhe Smith, Co-Convenor, Feminist Open Forum

Posted on December 09, 2010

Ailbhe smith

"The statistics on men's violence against women in Ireland and worldwide continue to be appalling. We have to do everything in our power to stop this devastation of women's lives, and to bring to justice all those who perpetrate it. Very sadly, in this time of crisis, the figures are on the increase bringing yet more pain and hardship to so many women.

Feminist Open Forum stands in solidarity with all women who are victims of these dreadful crimes, and with those who work so hard on their behalf. We call on the government not to cut the already inadequate funding to these literally vital services."

 

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16 Facts Day 15: Domestic Violence and Gender

Posted on December 09, 2010

The Facts

1 in 7 women in Ireland compared to 1 in 17 men experience severe domestic violence. Women are over twice as likely as men to have experienced severe physical abuse, seven times more likely to have experienced sexual abuse, and are more likely to experience serious injuries than men.
[National Crime Council and ESRI, Domestic Abuse of Women and Men in Ireland, 2005]

In the four years ending in March 2009, over 238,000 defendants were prosecuted for domestic violence in the UK. 94% of defendants were men and 85% of victims were women.
[Violence against Women Crime Report 2008-2009, UK Crown Prosecution Service]

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Roundup of Events: Day 15

Posted on December 09, 2010

  • West Clare Family Resource Centre "In Her Shoes Exhibition" at the corner of Vandeleur St. from 4th December running until 10th December.
  • The Longford Women's Link exhibition and video will remain in the library in Longford for the duration of the 16 Days Campaign
  • Women's Aid Solidarity Balloon Action online continues throughout the campaign. Click here to add your voice.
  • The Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition, curated by Colm Dempsey is open at The Light House Cinema, Smithfiled, Dublin from 2pm until 8pm
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Service in Sligo "16 stories for 16 days" continues today
  • West Clare Family Resource Centre are holding a workshop today on managing stress.

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Message of Support from Tony McMullan, Chair of Oxfam Ireland

Posted on December 08, 2010

logo-oxfamireland

"On a personal level I very much welcome the opportunity to support the wonderful work which Women's Aid organisations do throughout Ireland and indeed in other countries as well. The right to gender equality underpins all of Oxfam's work. We believe that discrimination and injustice are major causes of poverty worldwide and therefore we need to ensure that women and men benefit equally from the work that we do. We believe that equality for women is essential because if you are a woman you are more likely to be poor. And as a woman, according to research, you are likely to be doing most of the work. This discrimination however does not start there, it actually starts much earlier. Girls are too often denied access to education, health and nutrition from birth. We in Oxfam Ireland believe this has to change.

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16 Facts Day 14: Domestic Violence and Homelessness

Posted on December 08, 2010

The Facts

In 2008, there were 1,947 admissions of women and 3,269 admissions of children to refuge in Ireland.
[SAFE Ireland (2009) 2008 Annual Statistics]

In a survey of 48 Dublin households in refuge and transitional accommodation, 40 had children (96 children total). 59% of women were aged 26-39 years old.
[Counted In, 2008: A report on the extent of homelessness in Dublin, Homeless Agency, (including the four domestic violence refuges in Dublin for the 1st time.)]

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Roundup of Events: Day 14

Posted on December 08, 2010

  • West Clare Family Resource Centre "In Her Shoes Exhibition" at the corner of Vandeleur St. from 4th December running until 10th December.
  • Check out the Longford Leader for articles on Domestic Violence run in conjunction with Longford Women's Link from Wednesday November 17th to Wednesday December 8th.
  • The Longford Women's Link exhibition and video will remain in the library in Longford for the duration of the 16 Days Campaign
  • Women's Aid Solidarity Balloon Action online continues throughout the campaign. Click here to add your voice.
  • The Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition, curated by Colm Dempsey is open at The Light House Cinema, Smithfiled, Dublin from 2pm until 8pm
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Service in Sligo "16 stories for 16 days" continues today
  • The NRG Youth Group - Killaloe / Ballina are holding a 16 Days of Action Art Project at Crotty's Corner. The group has created an art installation and this will be open to viewing each evening over the 16 days from 6.30 - 7.30pm
  • South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA) are holding a campaign to raise awareness of violence against women during the 16 Days. An outside noticeboard display (at 90 Meath Street, Dublin 8) is entitled "Help Us Break the Wall of Silence on Domestic Violence Against Women". The display includes speech bubbles which contain the answers of local women to the questions 'What advice would you give someone who is in a domestic violent relationship?' and 'What are your thoughts/feelings/fears relating to domestic violence?'

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