Posts in the "Guest%20Blog" category

Guest Blog Post: Migrant women experiencing abuse face a multitude of additional barriers - Brian Killoran from the Immigrant Council of Ireland

Posted on December 08, 2017

Brian Killoran

In my early years at the Immigrant Council I was privileged to work in our Information and Support Service, assisting people to realise their rights and navigate difficult circumstances. Through that I met so many fantastic people, and some still stand out in my mind today.

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Guest Blog: Out of Silence – the impact of domestic violence on women’s mental health by Orla O'Connor

Posted on December 06, 2017

Orla O'Connor

Women experiencing domestic violence often describe the mental torture caused by their abuser.

Abusive relationships have a significant negative impact to a woman’s mental health. When a woman is continually being abused by an intimate partner and put down, her autonomy and belief in herself is continually eroded. Her abuser may use her mental pain against her, accusing her of being ‘insecure’, of being ‘paranoid’, of being ‘crazy’. The cycle of abuse, physical, emotional and sexual is inherently damaging to a woman's mental health. 

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Guest Blog Post: "It is, simply, a form of child abuse" - June Tinsley, Barnardos.

Posted on December 02, 2017

June Tinsley

On Day 8 of the Women's Aid 16 Days of Action, June Tinsley, June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos writes about how domestic violence affects the children and families they work with each day across Ireland.

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Have you #HadItUpToHere? Asks Jo-Ann from ActionAid Ireland

Posted on November 29, 2016


Across the world, women experience violence or the fear of violence in cities and urban spaces on a daily basis. Safe Cities for Women is an international ActionAid campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenging violence and harassment against women in cities, everywhere.

Violence and harassment in public spaces happens all over the world and affects women no matter what their background or social status.

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Guest blog post: What 16 Days of Action Means to Me

Posted on December 10, 2015


by Michali Hyams, a women's rights activist currently on work placement with the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence.

Through my studies I got the opportunity to do a work placement with the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV). Each step of the way, I learned and grew from the experiences and wisdom of the wonderful women who worked beside me, who inspired me and who mentored me. Activism and advocating for women’s rights is now my full time job and it’s not a job you can leave at the door at 5pm.

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Guest blog post: "Break the silence" Traveller men speak up to end violence against women

Posted on December 08, 2015

Pavee Point

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre has launched its 2015 16 Days of Action campaign ‘Break the Silence’. We have teamed up with actor/writer John Connors (Love/Hate, King of the Travellers), actor Michael Collins (King of the Travellers, Glenroe), and a number of other Traveller and Roma men to break the silence on men’s violence against women.

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Guest blog post: Immigrant Council of Ireland

Posted on December 07, 2015

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Today we share a blog post by the team at the Immigrant Council of Ireland about their work with women experiencing domestic violence.


Excited, nervous, looking forward to new experiences.

Alone, scared, unsure what the future holds. Trapped.

Moving to a new country should be a positive experience; settling in, making new friends and getting on your feet. For some migrant women, this is sadly not the case.

Nobody should have to experience is the panic and fear of domestic violence, particularly when you don’t know who to turn to. When your possible support is in another country, on another continent, along with all your friends and old neighbours. Alone, with an abusive partner.

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Guest blog post: Safe cities for women and girls

Posted on December 04, 2015

Safe Cities

By Rodney Rice, board member of ActionAid Ireland

On Cham Da is a beer promoter in a restaurant in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. A beer promoter’s job is to encourage a man to drink more. This may mean accepting an invitation to sit beside him. Whether employed as staff or on commission the pressure is to comply. The alternative will be unemployment.

Sitting beside means physical contact. Drinking more beer may well lead to more intrusive contact. Even serving the table can bring harassment. On a recent night a customer grabbed Om Chan’s bottom as she opened a beer for him. That is sexual abuse. An indignity at the very least.

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Guest blog post: Moving Beyond Fear - Prioritising safety for women and girls must be a global priority.

Posted on December 02, 2014

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By Deirdre Campbell, Co-ordinator, Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence

The Irish Consortium of Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) is an Irish based alliance of International human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, including International NGOs, Irish Aid and The Irish Defence Forces. Established in 2005 as a response to reports of ongoing and systematic sexual violence in the Darfur Region of Sudan, we work together to increase knowledge and understanding of gender-based violence and ensure high quality programming and policy responses.  We also build leadership to support our shared vision of a world free from gender-based violence. We strive to work together to tackle to root causes of gender-based violence that both cause and maintain this gendered crime, across both humanitarian and development contexts. 

Violating Human Rights

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Guest blog post: Orla O'Connor of the National Women's Council of Ireland

Posted on November 29, 2014

NWCI Blog Orla O'Connor

The National Women’s Council of Ireland was founded in 1973, and Women’s Aid has been providing domestic violence services since 1974. Yet here we are, in 2014, with one in five women as victims of domestic violence, with only one third the recommended refuge spaces for victims, and with no real effort to locate responses to violence against women within a gender equality framework.

Domestic violence strikes at the core of women’s inequality, and cannot be separated from the patriarchal culture, institutions and structures in which we live and work. Men’s violence against women is engrained in society to such an extent that women get sexually harassed in the street, rape culture prevails and we have yet to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention.

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