EU survey exposes extent of gender violence
One in three women experienced physical / sexual abuse since 15
In a week in which the depth of gender-based violence within the European Union has been exposed, a range of groups, including the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Abortion Rights Campaign, Action for Choice and ROSA will gather tomorrow (March 8 – International Women’s Day) at 1pm at the Central Bank, on Dame Street to restate our opposition to violence against women.
Laura Fitzgerald, ROSA, said: “This largest ever study on violence against women is based on interviews with 42,000 women across the EU. It confirms that male violence against women is pandemic: it happens everywhere – at home, work, in public and online. It’s an enormous public health issue, and an ongoing reflection and perpetuation of the continued oppression of women in society.
“Just as second wave feminists in the 1960s declared that ‘the personal is political’, almost fifty years later we too have to bring this issue out into the open. Our protest on International Women’s Day in Dublin’s city centre will do just that, with women and men demonstrating together in opposition to violence against women.”
Therese Caherty, Action for Choice, said: “The protest on International Women’s Day calls for a women’s right to choose, opposes violence against women, and demands an immediate lifting of austerity. We feel that all these questions are crucial in relation to the ongoing struggle for women’s equality, including the question of ending austerity. We need the opposite – major public investment in public resources, assists and amenities for women to leave abusive relationships including refuges, counselling and access to public housing.”
The International Women’s Day protest rally will take place from 1pm-2pm on Saturday March 8.
Laura Fitzgerald (ROSA) 0876418519 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for journalists
Violence Against Women: An EU-wide survey can be found at http://fra.europa.eu/en