Men are being asked to join with women and speak out against violence against women in a new national campaign that was launched today.
The Other Half believes that men across Ireland are an important part of the solution to ending the enormity of violence against women in our society. Today we are launching the White Ribbon campaign which hopes to raise awareness with men in Ireland of the roles they can play to find solutions to end the serious prevalence of these crimes.
While for years there have been many men involved in local initiatives working on the frontline in state agencies, supporting family members and friends, in the public domain violence against women has traditionally been seen as a women’s issue. The Other Half believes it is time to move on from this and to recognise men – or the other 50% of the population – as central allies in ending men’s violence against women.
“We all have men in our lives who are kind, caring and loving. Men have mothers, sisters, aunts and nieces. They are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the women they care about,”
Ireland’s first White Ribbon Campaign appeals to all men to wear the white ribbon as a symbol of their commitment to end violence against women and children. It is being launched today by Miriam O’Callaghan with many men from sporting life, entertainment and civil and state organisations supporting over twenty white ribbon events throughout the country. Similar campaigns throughout the world encourage the involvement of men’s voices and challenge the behaviour of men who are violent.
The Other Half is an alliance of three national organisations – SAFE Ireland, the national network of front-line domestic violence services; Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), and the Men’s Development Network. (For further information go to www.theotherhalf.ie)
Pictures from the launch
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“We all have men in our lives who are kind, caring and loving. Men have mothers, sisters, aunts and nieces. They are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the women they care about,” said Sharon O’Halloran, Director of SAFE Ireland. “However, there are men who abuse women. With this campaign, we are asking men to show their support and to work with us to end violence against women and children.
Violence against women is an enormous problem in Ireland every day. Nearly one in five women report that they have experienced violence at some stage of their lives. In 2009, more than 7,500 women accessed SAFE Ireland’s domestic violence services – an increase of 43% since 2007. That same year, 1,319 women received counselling and support across 13 rape crisis centres. Nine of every 10 of these women knew their abuser with one in three reporting that the sexual assault was carried out by a partner or ex-partner.
Videos of the launch…
Broadcasters Michael O’Muircheartaigh and Miriam O’Callaghan speaking at The Other Half White Ribbon Launch
Alan O’Neill from the Men’s Development Network speaking at The Other Half White Ribbon Launch
Clíona Saidléar from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) welcomes all to the launch of The Other Half White Ribbon Launch.
Introduces Sharon O’Halloran, Director of SAFE Ireland, creating safety for women and children.
More coverage of the White Ribbon Campaign can be found here : http://www.theotherhalf.ie/news.aspx