“It is one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world, one of the least prosecuted crimes, and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development……I am talking about violence against women and children.” (Lakshmi Puri – Acting Head of UN Women)
In solidarity with women across the world, Mothers’ Union is supporting the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for the second year running with an All-Ireland Prayer Vigil. This initiative highlights and calls for an end to violence against women locally, nationally and internationally.
Mothers’ Union in Derry and Raphoe will hold a vigil in St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street on Saturday 26th November from 2-4 p.m. We wish to spread the very important message that violence against women and children IS NOT OKAY!! We need to take action; we need to change attitudes. Mothers’ Union is one of over 130 local groups across Ireland that have taken part in the 16 Days of Action campaign.
Lakshmi Puri continues “It is time for action when up to 70 per cent of women in some countries face physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. When one in three girls in developing countries is likely to be married as a child bride; when some 140 million girls and women have suffered female genital mutilation; when millions of women and girls are trafficked in modern-day slavery; and when women’s bodies are a battleground and rape is used as a tactic of war – it is time for action.”
Please join us even for a short while and show your solidarity with these women and children.