Sinn Féin leader supports annual 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence Against Women

In support of the of the annual 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence Against Women Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald will outline the party’s priorities to protect and support women and girls exposed to domestic and gender based harassment and violence over the next 16 days.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“November 25th marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls and the beginning of the annual 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence against Women campaign.

“Violence against women and girls remains prevalent in our society. Women and their children remained trapped in violent homes. Young women in our universities and colleges experience unwanted sexual contact, harassment and violence. Victims of rape and sexual assault face unacceptable obstacles throughout the justice system.

“Challenges to eliminating violence against women are deep rooted. Yet recent campaigns and public responses to the treatment of women in court rooms demonstrate that we have found our voice and are pushing back.

“Responsive public policy, investment in necessary infrastructure, a fair justice system and ambitious Government budgets have a critical role to play in tackling domestic and gender based violence.

“Over the next 16 days I will highlight Sinn Féin’s 16 priorities to protect and support women and girls exposed to domestic and gender based harassment and violence. Our first priority is ratification of the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women.

“Is féidir linn agus ní mór dúinn sa pholaitíocht níos fearr a dhéanamh. Politics can and must do better.”