I am delighted to join with Women’s Aid in support of the 16 Days of Action opposing violence against women. In June 2015, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission raised the issues of reduced funding for domestic violence support and incorrect recording of crimes of domestic violence in our report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. While we have seen some progress in recent years, unfortunately the recession has played its part in undermining some of the achievements made.
Last month, Ireland’s signature of the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence signalled an important first step towards the realisation of women’s human rights in Ireland. We now require further legislation, reform and specific actions to ensure the State can meet its human rights obligations under the Convention. The Commission is urging ratification without undue delay.
As Ireland’s national human rights institution and national equality body, IHREC will continue to work towards our vision of an inclusive Ireland where human rights and equality are fully enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.
I commend Women’s Aid on this important initiative to raise awareness and advocate for changes at an international, national and local level to make women and children safe from abuse.
Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.