Lynn Boylan MEP marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with demonstration in Strasbourg
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women by participating in a demonstration in Strasbourg.
Speaking today Lynn Boylan said:
“The sad fact is that everyday women are beaten and trapped in their own homes by those closest to them and this afternoon the European parliament debated the issue, following up on the European Parliament legislative own-initiative report on combating violence against women.
“It is a timely discussion as the annual Women's Aid 'One in Five Women' 16 Days Campaign takes place focusing on demonstrating solidarity with the one in five womenwho are affected by domestic violence.
“Last week Sinn Féin moved the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill in the Dail which would have would have enabled the victims of domestic violence to obtain social housing. Current legislation prevents victims of domestic violence from seeking social housing if they are co-owners of a home with their abusive partner. Our Bill recognised the rights of victims of domestic violence to seek rehousing.
In addition, this Monday coming the Sinn Féin team in Dublin City Council will table a motion focusing on the primary responsibilities of the local authority on the issue.”
It was a small step, but step in the right direction, especially as a number of refuges in my own area of Tallaght could face closure due a lack of funding, including Saoirse and Cuan Álainn."