The Mothers’ Union is calling on women all over Ireland to stand together in prayer and in person this Saturday, November 28th in an All-Ireland Prayer Vigil, organised as a powerful gesture of solidarity with women in Ireland and across the world who are suffering gender-based violence.
With gatherings in all 12 dioceses of the Church of Ireland – including locally in St Columb’s Cathedral – Mothers’ Union hopes this simple act of solidarity will help raise awareness among the general population and encourage governments to take action to end gender-based violence.
The local vigil will take place in St Columb’s Cathedral, from 3pm to 4.30pm. It will be addressed by Mrs Mary Good, who will speak on behalf of International Justice Mission – a global organisation which protects the poor from violence in the developing world – and Ms Marie Brown from Women’s Aid, who will offer a local perspective on the issue.
The ’16 Days’ campaign is based on the period between 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and 10th December (Human Rights Day).
Figures from the World Health Organisation show that globally an estimated 23-37% of women suffer violence from an intimate partner, and that 38% of all women murdered across the world are killed by their partner. ‘16 Days’ provides an opportunity to raise awareness of this issue, demonstrate solidarity against violence and put pressure on governments to take action.
The local Mothers’ Union is inviting everyone to join them in their call to end gender-based violence at St Columb’s Cathedral, from 3pm to 4.30pm on Saturday.