On Day 3 of the Women's Aid One in Five Women Campaign during the International 16 Days of Action, Tánaiste Joan Burton shares a message of support:
"During the time I spent in Africa, later as Minister with responsibility for Development Co-operation and Overseas Aid and currently as Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in Ireland I am constantly reminded of the invaluable support that organisations such as Women’s Aid provide to women and their children living in very difficult situations because of violence. Violence against women is a human rights abuse and a crime that must not be tolerated.
Just this month, Ireland signed up to the Istanbul Convention, and in the Oireachtas the Domestic Violence Bill is due to be published in the near future. As Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party, I welcome these affirmations of our commitment to combatting domestic violence, and I wish Women’s Aid a successful campaign again this year.”