16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women

25th November to 10th December 2018

Keep up to date with all of the campaign news over on the 16 Days Blog.

What is the 16 Days of Action?

The 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence against Women is an important opportunity to raise awareness and call for changes at an international, national and local level to make women and children safe from abuse.

Change the Conversation

Women's Aid Change the Conversation Campaign

The focus of this year campaign includes:

  • Femicide - Breaking the Pattern of Male Violence
  • Believe Survivors
  • Challenging Myths

Our campaign will put the issue of femicide and domestic violence on the agenda, bring to light women and children's experience of domestic violence and highlight what needs to change to increase safety and protection from abuse.Our campaign will put the issue of femicide and domestic violence on the agenda, bring to light women and children's experience of domestic violence and highlight what needs to change to increase safety and protection from abuse.

Now, more than ever, women experiencing domestic, dating and sexual abuse need our support and need to know that we believe them. Wear a Believe Survivors Purple ribbon to show you stand with women during the 16 Days campaign.

The campaign will also challenge the victim blaming culture that surrounds domestic violence and bring women's voices to the fore of this campaign. Women experiencing domestic abuse still have to face deeply embedded myths in Irish society. During the 16 Days of Action we will build better awareness and understanding of the complex nature of domestic violence in our communities and online.

Be part of the campaign and order your pack today.

The pack includes:

  • The #Believe Survivors Purple Ribbons.
  • 16 Facts for 16 Days Inforgraphic (A4)
  • Domestic Violence Myth postcards cards

Order for free from 16days@womensaid.ie.

Women's Aid UN Day Opposing Violence against Women Seminar and Launch of the Women's Aid Femicide Watch 2018 (Republic of Ireland).

BREAKING THE PATTERN OF MALE VIOLENCE

Join a range of national and international experts to address the link between domestic abuse and femicide, what we can learn from fatal domestic abuse to increase better risk identification and management, the impact of femicide on families, and the role of the State and its agencies in protecting women and children from harm.

Seminar speakers include:

  • Chris Cawley & Susanna Cawley, family of Celine Cawley.
  • Drew Harris, Commissioner, An Garda Síochána.
  • Dr Jane Monckton Smith, Forensic criminologist & domestic homicide expert.
  • Jessica Bowes, domestic violence survivor advocate.
  • Margaret Martin, Director, Women's Aid.
  • Regina Doherty, T.D., Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection..

This event will be chaired by Norah Casey, broadcaster and publishing entreprenteur.

Download the full programme and speakers' biographies here.

Date: Friday 23rd November 2018

Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Cost: Free of charge

Venue: The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1.

Register online at www.womensaid.ie/registration.

Campaign Resources

Women’s Aid online resources to support your 16 Days Campaign include:

16 Days Newsletter

16 Facts for 16 Days Infographic 2018.

Women's Aid Femicide Watch 2018 (Republic of Ireland). Available on 23.11.18.

Download the Change the Conversation Myth Cards 2018

  1. "She must have done something to deserve it"
  2. "It's Easy to Spot an abusive man, she must've known what he was like"
  3. "It is not an issue of gender"
  4. "Domestic Violence is a private matter, we shouldn't get involved"
  5. "If it were that bad, she would just leave"

Women's Aid Impact Report 2017

National and International Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

Women's Aid Support Services

International 16 Days of Action campaign page.

Let us know how you plan to use these materials during the 16 Days of Action 2018. Email 16days@womensaid.ie.

Campaign Archive

If you would like to know what events took place during previous campaigns, you can check out the archive for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

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