Derry Mayor at Brussels event on domestic violence

Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson will be in Brussels this week.
Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson will be in Brussels this week.

Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson is travelling to Brussels this week to attend a major conference on preventing and combating violence against women and young people.

The Mayor will travel alongside Marie Brown, from Foyle Women’s Aid, to the “Family Justice Centers in Europe” Conference.

The Foyle Women’s Aid representative is one of the keynote speakers at the conference which is the final part of the ‘Daphne III’ project to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk.

The project started in January 2013 and is due to end this month. The purpose of this week’s conference is to focus on the main results of the project.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mayor Stevenson said she was delighted to be travelling alongside Marie Brown to the conference and was happy that the excellent work carried out by Foyle Women’s Aid was being acknowledged.

She added: “The issue of violence against women and young people is a very serious one and I am delighted that I was invited to attend this very important conference to see at first hand the success stories of the ‘Daphne III’ programme and the positive impact of close partnership working between groups across Europe.

“It’s a great honour for Foyle Women’s Aid to be participating in this conference and I am proud to be representing my city at this event and promoting the good work we are doing to combat violence and provide support for vulnerable members of our society.”

For further details about the conference, visit www.fjceu.org.