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National Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls-16 Days of Action

Friday, December 02, 2022

National Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls-16 Days of Action

The National Observatory on Violence Against Women is hosted and chaired by the National Women’s Council and is an independent network of 22 grassroots and national organisations that come together regularly to monitor progress on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. 

The Observatory, in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, are hosting a seminar to launch the Observatory’s Grevio shadow report and mark the significance of our new Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

This event takes place within the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women, and aims to mark a highly significant moment in Ireland: the first review of Irish progress since Ireland ratified the Istanbul Convention and the new National Strategy.

Ireland has undergone rapid legislative transformation to meet its Convention obligations, including the Third National Strategy, launched this year, which fulfils a great number of Istanbul requirements , and is groundbreaking in its recognition of the inherent violence and abuse of commercial sexual exploitation and the sex trade. Yet, despite these welcome developments there is still urgent need for the effective and accountable implementation of the Convention and the Third National Strategy. This year’s conference will examine what has been done, what is being done and what needs to be done in this regard.

The Observatory has been conducted research and produced this report with the support of the Community Foundation for Ireland.

Speakers at this event include:
Orla O’Connor, NWC Director and Chair of the National Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls.
Megan Berry, Community Development Worker, Pavee Point
Eliona Gjecaj, disability advocate researching the access to justice for disabled women who had been subjected to gender based violence
Justine McCarthy, Irish Times columnist (panel chair)
Oonagh McPhilips, Secretary General Department of Justice
Mia Döring, Author, Any Girl: A Memoir of Sexual Exploitation and Recovery
Chief Superintendent Colm Noonan, Garda National Protective Services Bureau
Sarah Monaghan, Consent Project Manager at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
Mary-Louise Lynch, founder of Survivors Informing Services and Institutions
Caroline Munyi, Migrant Women’s Health Coordinator, Akidwa

This is organised in partnership with the European Parliament offices in Ireland.

Final programme

The Irish Observatory on Violence against Women is an independent network of grassroots and national organisations that monitor progress on responses to violence against women in Ireland.  Current members include National Women’s Council of Ireland (chair and convenor), Akidwa, Action Aid, Ascend, Cairde, Cork Sexual Violence Centre, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, European Women’s Lobby, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, Longford Women’s Centre, Womens Collective Ireland, Oxfam, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Ruhama, Sonas Domestic Violence Charity,Women’s Aid, and YWCA

Join us

Starts: 2 December 2022 10:00
Ends: 2 December 2022 13:00
Location: Wood Quay venue, Dublin City Council Offices, Dublin 8.