Creating a Safer Ireland for Women: From Ratification to Implementation - Dublin, 6 Dec

The National Observatory on Violence Against Women in partnership with the European Parliament are hosting a seminar to mark the 16 Day of Action to End Violence Against Women. Ireland, having signed the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) in 2015 which was subsequently ratified in 2019 it is now time for committed implementation.

Date And Time: Fri, 6 December 2019 from 10:00 – 14:00 GMT

Venue: The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

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The Istanbul Convention is the first legally-binding instrument which creates a comprehensive legal framework and approach to combat violence against women and domestic violence and is focussed on preventing domestic violence from occuring, protecting person who have experienced violence, prosecuting persons accused of committing such acts, and ensuring integrated policies to address violence against women and domestic violence.

Previous 16 Days of Action Events have addressed the issues and difficulties surrounding the prosecution of violence against women and domestic violence, and in 2018 the focus was on integrated policies and the GREVIO reporting structure. This year the 16 Days Event is highlighting the prevention and protection obligations under the Convention.

Despite considerable legislative change in recent years there is still real urgency for effective and accountable implementation of the Convention and this year’s conference will examine: what has been done; what is being done; and, what needs to be done in this regard. This will be examined through academic, state agencies, An Garda Siochana and civil society’s responses to preventing and protecting women from violence and domestic violence.

We are delighted to announce that the confirmed speakers for this years event so far include:

Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner; Nora Gibbons, Chair of the Independent Review into Familicide and Domestic Homicides; Prof. Shane Kilcommins, Head of School of Law University of Limerick; Sarah Benson CEO Women’s Aid; Deaglan O’Briain, Dept. Justice and Equality; Tessa Collins, Pavee Point; Frances Fitzgerald MEP will open the event

Please advise Susan McCormack by email at susanmcc@nwci.ie , if you have any special requirements (for example ISL interpretation or accessibility needs) by 29 November. This will help us in our preparations for the event.

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