Cork campaigners say Government must tackle domestic violence and inequality 

Cork campaigners say Government must tackle domestic violence and inequality 
Cllr. Fiona Ryan, ROSA speaking at the Time4Equality rally for International Women’s Day on Patrick Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

CAMPAIGNERS called on the government to tackle domestic violence and inequality at a protest on International Women’s Day.

Hundreds of people gathered in Cork and Dublin to protest gender inequality, rising levels of domestic violence and rape culture.

The protest in Cork was organised by Women’s Lives Matter, ROSA and a host of other groups.

Women’s Lives Matter was set up to seek answers, accountability, consequences and change following the Cervical Check controversy which gripped the country last year.

The group said that almost one year on, not enough progress has been made and they felt the need to protest yesterday.

“We have still seen no change for the better with the Cervical Check scandal nine months on, no justice, no accountability, no change for the women of Ireland,” the group said in a statement.

Áilbhe Hines reading a poem at the Time4Equality rally for International Women’s Day on Patrick Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Áilbhe Hines reading a poem at the Time4Equality rally for International Women’s Day on Patrick Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

In Dublin, campaigners focused on inequality, domestic abuse and the impact of the homeless crisis on women.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger referred to Ireland formally ratifying the Istanbul convention on preventing and combating violence against women.

She said it will prove fruitless unless more funding is made available for women fleeing violence.

“It’s a global epidemic of violence against women and I support the convention that’s been signed, but that’s pointless unless you resource refuges, and rape crisis centres, and we have to challenge and smash the culture that perpetuates violence against women in the first place.”

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