On the Saturday before the Safe World Summit, we held a special ceremony on the Hill of Uisneach to bring symbolic light from Ireland’s mythological and sacred centre directly to the Summit.
The Summit opened with a dramatic and poignant “Bring in the Light” ceremony with survivors and young people. A light was carried from Uisneach Hill by young people through the streets of Dublin on the morning of the Summit into the Mansion House. The light represented the restoration of balance between the masculine and feminine and an end to inequality and violence against women.
Safe Ireland believed that young people voices, viewpoints, and experiences were necessary for the Summit to be a success. We approached and partnered with SpunOut.ie Ireland’s youth led organisation for 16-25 year old’s to invite 100 young people from across Ireland to attend and also contribute to the Summit by speaking and sharing their viewpoints and experiences.
Leading up to the event SpunOut.ie provided workshops to gather and prepare those attending the Summit, and to help those contributing to gain the skills and confidence to contribute during the two days.
SpunOut.ie reporter Mafalda Branco reported on the Summit in this article.
The Safe Ireland Leadership Awards – or as we call them the SÍLAs are awards to recognise amazing people who we admire and believe have helped to make our homes, our communities and our world a safer and more equal place.
In our inaugural year of the SÍLAs, we recognised the careers, passions and dedication of some truly remarkable women – Dr. Edith Eger, Dr. Riane Eisler, Ailbhe Smyth and Norah Casey. Jacinta Carey, Chairperson of Safe Ireland presented the awards on the night.
See what some of our attendees had to say:
Exhausted .. but completely buoyed up after the @SAFEIreland #safeworldsummit. Unbelievable speakers, rocking presentations and performances, bravery, hope and resolve to change the way we respond to violence against women …from start to finish. pic.twitter.com/WNLhOjDpiQ
— Edel Hackett (@edelh) October 24, 2018
Inspired by the bravery that is being shown at #SafeWorldSummit.
Domestic Violence is a pernicious evil that has devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences.
It is simply not acceptable that anyone in 21st century Ireland is subjected to such fear and abuse. pic.twitter.com/zV0p4cxOQg
— Frances Fitzgerald (@FitzgeraldFrncs) October 23, 2018
A heartbreaking yet inspiring couple days at @SAFEIreland's #SafeWorldSummit. While there's so much evidence of a system set against women and children – victims of severe domestic violence and abuse – there are so many people, survivors, activists, ready to challenge that system pic.twitter.com/9ZH6nSLKpj
— Ben Meany (@Benjmeany) October 23, 2018
After two days of amazing speakers, @SAFEIreland #SafeWorldSummit has come to an end. I had the pleasure of being invited to attend by @SpunOut.
It was an eye-opening experience looking at domestic violence in Ireland and what can be done. pic.twitter.com/gluvxoT2Zv
— Criodán Ó Murchú (@criodanomurchu) October 23, 2018
An incredible day at @SAFEIreland #SafeWorldSummit some truly amazing stories of resilience and survival! Legends @NorahCasey & @ailbhes won #SÍLA awards.
Dr. Edith Eger (psychologist,holocaust survivor) signed my book
“Grandma Edith” so going to bed a happy lil feminist nerd🤓 pic.twitter.com/ZaUwout0rE
— Claire Dunne (@ClaireDunne2) October 22, 2018
As a victim of sexual violence (primarily perpetrated by my father & elder brothers) I discounted the damage of the intimate partner violence I suffered at the hands of my ex-husbands as 'not as bad'. The @SAFEIreland #safeworldsummit made me realise it wasn't trivial. #16Days
— HazelKatherineLarkin (@HazelKLarkin) November 25, 2018
So #safeworldsummit 2018 is over. With so many extraordinary speakers the room was filled with powerful, energetic, forceful words. Words of encouragement, of healing, togetherness; words that United us all in one mission to end violence against women and families. @SAFEIreland pic.twitter.com/cdds545fdc
— Patricia Tsouros (@PTsouros) October 23, 2018
So the amazing @SAFEIreland #SafeWorldSummit has come to a close. I’m shattered. It was such a stunning two days, I learnt so much, laughed and cried, danced and practised embodiment, meditated and was utterly inspired. Thanks so much @Knockadoo for the opportunity to attend! pic.twitter.com/YqsfufRL1O
— Doris (@dottymurf) October 23, 2018
A huge congratulations to @Knockadoo and @CaitGleeson on an incredible two day #SafeWorldSummit here in Dublin. A powerful conversation that will spark change and bring us closer to a safer Ireland & World. Thank you for including young people at the ❤️ of this special event. pic.twitter.com/S7gGhWjLva
— SpunOut.ie (@SpunOut) October 23, 2018
I've had the most wonderful two days at the #SafeWorldSummit. I've gotten the opportunity to hear so many inspiring women speak & share their stories & I've connected with so many amazing others. Thanks so much to @SAFEIreland & @Knockadoo for creating & facilitating this space. pic.twitter.com/7mbFk9eUsI
— Yvie Ní (@YvieNi) October 23, 2018
“Where do I begin? For me this Summit was a very holistic experience. It provided me with healing, insights, sharing of knowledge, and also gave me some lifetime connections.”
“The Safe World Summit was superbly organised by Safe Ireland. Every last detail was attended to from the opening ceremony to the flow of speakers, from the range of topics to the variety of inputs. It was a thoroughly engaging, interesting, motivating event.”
“The Safe Ireland Summit brings you on a journey where you meet extraordinary brave courageous people that share their own personal experiences and also their role in advocating an end of violence to women around the world. It is humbling to witness this bravery and be among such inspirational advocates.”
“While the room fills up with words of pain, hurt and loss, the Summit envelopes everyone in the radiance of support, inspiration and hope which ultimately makes you believe we can make a difference to people’s lives.”
“A unique event which created a sense of solidarity and possibility”
“Movements emerge from face-to-face interaction. Then it is perceived that focusing on negative issues and pain heightens the energy from which movements take shape. Safe Ireland’s World Summit, however, negates the latter supposition because it does not rely on the negative energy. Despite the underlying cause, which is domestic violence, the Summit focused on inspiring stories, healing, art, wisdom drawn from socio-legal and political studies as well as from the laws of universe. This amazing synergy of multiple approaches facilitates empowerment to overcome domestic violence in a holistic and most positive way.”
“Safeworld Summit 2018- an event that has truly changed my life, as a woman in today’s society.”
“It was the most incredible inspiring conference I’ve been too. The connections and the feeling that no one is alone was irreplaceable. It was genuinely a hard to hear topic but filled with so much hope for the future making it such a great and loving conference.”
Gallery Safe World Summit 2018
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