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Day Two: President Michael D Higgins supports the 16 Days of Action campaign

Posted on November 26, 2014

Group 1 - President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina welcome staff, board members and volunteers from Women's Aid to mark our 40th anniversary earlier this year.
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina welcome staff, board members and volunteers from Women's Aid to mark our 40th anniversary earlier this year.

President Michael D Higgins has issued a message of support for the 16 Days of Action as Women's Aid and over 130 organisations highlight violence against women in Ireland.  

His message reads:

"I would like to send my best wishes to Women's Aid as they participate in the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women.  This is an important initiative which expresses solidarity with the many women, both at home and abroad, who are subjected to aggression and cruelty. I thank and commend you for demonstrating Ireland's support for female victims of violence by partaking in this action.  I wish you continued success with your important work."

Women's Aid welcomes President Higgin's support for this nationwide action.

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Day Two: 204 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996.

Posted on November 26, 2014

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204 women murdered since 1996

Female homicide is the extreme end of the violence against women spectrum. To highlight this issue Women's Aid has been collating data on female homicide in Ireland since the beginning of 1996.

To date, 204 women have been died violently in the Republic of Ireland. That is an average of 12 women a year losing their lives in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. Each woman leaves behind devastated family, friends and in many cases, children.

Our statistics relating to resolved cases, show that women are more likely to be killed in their own homes than any other location (62%), that they most likely know their killer (89%) and that in 99% of cases the perpetrator was male.

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Day One: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald Mark the 16 Days Campaign.

Posted on November 25, 2014

An Taoiseach & Minister Fitzgerald mark the ‘16 Days of Action’ to raise awareness about gender-based violence

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald have today marked the start of the ‘16 Days of Action’ to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

The 16 Days Campaign is an international campaign that started in 1991 and will run from 25th November, UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

The Taoiseach stated:

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Day One: One In Five Women

Posted on November 25, 2014

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One in Five Women in Ireland will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Domestic abuse can affect any woman and can happen in any home. This means that every day in Ireland, women are beaten, hospitalised and can have ongoing and long-term physical and mental health issues.  Everyday, women are raped, sexually abused and have no freedom to negotiate a safe and respectful sexual relationship. Women are isolated from supports and from family and friends, and emotional abuse often means that women are trapped in their own home by those closest to them.

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Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign

Posted on November 24, 2014

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Women's Aid Annual One in Five Campaign to mark the 16 Days of Opposing Violence against Women Campaign begins tomorrow which is the International Day Opposing Violence against Women.

Women's Aid launched the 2014 campaign last week with a minute’s silence outside Dáil Éireann in memory of 78 women murdered by their partners or ex-partners since 1996. 10 children who were murdered alongside their mothers were also remembered. The event featured a sombre display of 78 pairs of women’s shoes and 10 pairs of children’s shoes outside Leinster House that acted as the starkest reminder of the dangerous and sometimes fatal nature of domestic abuse.

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Reminder - Don't forget to request your One in Five Women National Balloon Action Pack

Posted on October 28, 2014

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Women’s Aid will continue our annual ‘One in Five Women’ theme in this year’s 16 Days Campaign (25th November to 10th December 2014.)

We hope that by raising awareness of the fact that one in five women in Ireland has been abused by a current or former partner, and by promoting services available, we can reach out to women living with domestic violence in our communities. 

We hope your organisation will join us in this year’s 16 Days Campaign by taking part in the National Balloon Action which shows solidarity with women experiencing domestic violence and with those working to make women and children safe from abuse.

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Welcome to the Women's Aid 16 Days of Action Campaign 2014

Posted on October 14, 2014

Margaret Martin - Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid.
Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid.

As Director of Women’s Aid, I am excited to launch the International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women blog for 2014. I hope that this blog and our online campaign resources can inspire and encourage those of you thinking about participating in the campaign.

Women's Aid will continue our annual ‘One in Five Women’ theme in this year’s 16 Days Campaign. We hope that by raising awareness of the fact that one in five women in Ireland has been abused by a current or former partner, and by promoting services available, we can reach out to women living with domestic violence in our communities. 

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Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children, supports the 16 Days

Posted on December 10, 2013

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We're delighted to have the support of Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children, for the 16 Days of Action.

"As Ombudsman for Children in Ireland I am constantly reminded of the necessity for organisations such as Women's Aid whose tireless efforts offer support and protection to not just women in difficult situations but also to their children. Children rely on adults to vindicate their rights and welfare and for most children it is their parents who are their principal advocates. I wish Women's Aid well in their campaign to highlight the issue of domestic violence and the affect it has on both women and children."

Find out more about the work of the Ombudsman for Children here.

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Domestic Violence Coalition Day 16: Melina’s Story

Posted on December 10, 2013

The Domestic Violence Coalition addresses additional barriers to seeking help and escaping domestic abuse faced by migrant women in Ireland. Each day of the 16 Days of Action, the Domestic Violence Coalition is sharing one woman's story, to illustrate the issues which we address.

The Coalition is made up of the following organisations: Womens Aid, Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Doras Luimní, Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Sligo, Akidwa, Longford Women’s Link, Sonas Housing, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Ascend Domestic Abuse Service.

You can read Melina’s story below.

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Like and share our facebook video to support the campaign

Posted on December 10, 2013

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One in Five women in Ireland experiences domestic abuse.  It can happen to any woman, in any home and at any stage of her life. 

As part of its annual ‘One in Five Women’ National Balloon Action during the International 16 Days of Action Women’s Aid has produced a video to give a snapshot of what this looks like, in one incident of emotional abuse for one woman. The video tells the story of Lisa who is suffering abuse from her partner, yet it has a positive message.  And you can be part of it.   

This video is a way you can support and show solidarity online with women experiencing domestic abuse. 

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