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Education Minister calls for End to Violence Against Women

6 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has met with The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) working group in Parliament Buildings.

Commenting after the meeting the Minister said:

"I would like to pay tribute to all the groups working together to end violence against women. There are many children for whom school is not just a place to learn but also a safe haven from a difficult and sometimes dangerous home life. The impact of domestic violence on women and children can be devastating.

"I have met with EVAW to ensure that we are working together to protect and safeguard our most vulnerable children. I want to see all children and young people reach their full potential and lead enjoyable lives both in school and out.

"Education can play an important role in raising awareness in addressing social issues and offering support. The revised curriculum places an emphasis on educating young people about relationships, personal safety strategies and respect for others. Where it is needed, professional counselling services have been made available to all post-primary schools since September 2007. This is to help all young people at school who may be experiencing a difficult time in their lives." ENDS

Note to Editors

Representing the The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) working group were:
Annie Campbell - Director, Women's Aid Federation
Patricia Campbell - Campaigner, Amnesty International
Koulla Yiasouma - Director, Include Youth
Eileen Murphy - Senior Manager, Women's Aid Newry.

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