4 Dec, Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women are holding a seminar and launch to mark the publication and launch of their new document Violence Against Women: An Issue of Gender aimed at highlighting the issue of gender in analysing and responding to violence against women.

The Observatory is calling on for Ireland to sign, ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, to eradicate all forms of violence against women, specifically rape.

The document is being launched by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, during the 16 days of action, part of a European wide strategy to highlight the need to implement the Convention.

There will be a panel discussion, chaired by Justine McCarthy, journalist. Speakers on the panel will include Greg Heylin, Director, COSC; Jim Clarken, CEO, Oxfam; Margaret Martin, Director, Women’s Aid.

A light lunch will be provided.

To register, call NWCI on (01) 8787248 or email by Thursday 28 November 2013.

Supported by the HSE and the European Women’s Lobby.

Starts: 4 December 2013 09:30
Ends: 4 December 2013 13:00
Location: National Women’s Council of Ireland Offices, 2-3 Parnell Square East, Dublin

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In Ireland, one in five women will experience rape or gender based violence at one point in their lifetime. The SAVI report tells us that some 42% of women have experienced some form of sexual abuse or assault in their lifetime.

There can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence on a large-scale and state agencies and institutions turn a blind eye.

Ireland must sign, ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention to eradicate all forms of male violence against women, specifically rape.

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