The Mothers’ Union in Cork, Cloyne and Ross will hold a vigil at St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, County Cork on Saturday 26th November from 7.30 – 9.30pm.
The purpose is to spread the very important message that violence against women and children IS NOT OKAY!! Action needs to be taken and attitudes need to be changed. Mothers’ Union is one of over 130 local groups across Ireland that are taking part in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign organised by United Nations Women.
Lakshmi Puri (Acting Head of UN Women) said:
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.
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
Anyone who wishes to join the Mothers’ Union in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigaline on Saturday, 26th November even for a short while to show solidarity with these women and children, will be very welcome. For further information contact Hilary on 086 368 0513.