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Mayor of South Dublin supports campaign to end violence against women

25 November, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland and council colleagues today marked the beginning of the White Ribbon Ireland Campaign to end violence against women.

Present at the event were representatives from Saoirse, the local womens refuge.

The White Ribbon campaign lasts 16 days, and it is the world’s largest male-led movement to end violence against women, and the primary aim is to change the behaviours and attitudes that allow abuse to take place.

Cllr Holland said:

“Domestic violence is a poison that touches every part of society.  The White Ribbon campaign encourages men to lead social change by speaking up against misogyny and changing attitudes bit by bit.

We need to shine a light on this and eliminate violence against women.”

Cllr Holland went on to say,

“Women’s refuges across the country are under sustained pressure following years of funding cuts.  Saoirse had to turn away over 80% of the women who came to them for help last year, and Cuan Alainn are closing as the Government won’t intervene with funding to keep it open.

If we are serious about women’s rights, this is an area which needs immediate attention.”

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