‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ an opportunity to promote equality.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on women issues Megan Fearon has said that the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ is a reminder of the many women who face violence in their everyday life and the need to move society to a point where this is no longer tolerated.
Ms. Fearon said,
“Women across the world are still are on the receiving end of sexual, mental and physical violence which is still being tolerated in society as they being treated as second class citizens and unless we bring true equality to women they will continue to be.
“In the North of Ireland alone the PSNI responded to over 27,000 domestic abuse incidents which works out as one every 19 minutes.
“This is totally unacceptable and as a society we need to ensure the safety of women and their children in the home.
“This can only be done if we all decide that domestic violence is wrong and won’t be tolerated as many people currently turn a blind eye to domestic violence believing ‘it is not their business’.
“We need to move to a position of zero tolerance within society where all incidents of domestic abuse are reported and the perpetrator brought before the courts.
“I am also disappointed that domestic violence has fallen down the list of priorities in many local policing plans and needs to be restored as a priority immediately.
“Women’s Aid have launched a campaign of 16 days of action in the Newry/Armagh area and I would encourage everyone to attend as many of the events as possible so that we can highlight the injustices against women not only in Ireland but across the globe.”