END GENDER BASED VIOLENCE – PUBLIC ZOOM MEETING: Tues 25th @7pm
The brutal murder of Ashling Murphy cast a renewed light on gender-based violence and started conversations about the violence women in all walks of life incur – including sex workers and vulnerable women.
The sexism and misogyny that pervades our society does not come from nowhere – it starts at the top – in our laws and our institutions – and it filters down into our media, culture and our daily lives.
We need to separate Church & State to ensure comprehensive consent-focused Sex Education in schools. Right-wing parties have also consistently failed to allocate adequate funding to frontline services.
We need a people power movement like Repeal to fight for a better world.
TO END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE WE ARE CALLING FOR:
MORE WOMEN’S REFUGES
Ireland signed up to the Istanbul Convention in 2015. Adherence to that convention would mean we should have 472 refuge places across the country. We only have 143.
Nine counties in Ireland have no dedicated refuge.
There were unmet requests for refuge from 1,351 women between March and August 2020.
ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR FRONT LINE SERVICES
Ireland needs an increase of €33.1 million to provide the 331 refuge spaces needed.
In ten years, there has been a 100% increase to Rape Crisis Centre helplines & a 63% increase in appointments. Massive underfunding of these centres is leading to an inability to recruit and retain counsellors resulting in long waiting lists for survivors.
SMASH SEXISM IN THE COURTS
In Ireland 90% of Rapes are unreported. Only 14% of cases reported actually go to trial.
Of the cases that do go to trial, many victims experience routine 'Victim Blaming’. It is still considered a legitimate line of defence to question a victim’s sexual history, what they were wearing or how much they drank.
It is legal for a victim’s private counselling notes to be used in a court case. No other crime permits therapy notes to be used against a witness.
There are huge delays in getting to Court. For most cases it can take anything up to three or four years.
OBJECTIVE SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
Should include modules on gender and recognising sexism in media and in culture.
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SUPPORTS FOR FAMILIES
Build social and affordable housing – the housing crisis is keeping victims of domestic violence trapped with their abusers.
Universally available childcare
Properly resourced mental health services and supports
Paid domestic violence leave
SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE
Religious institutions should have no involvement in the running of schools, hospitals, or any other public institutions.
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