Celebrating International Women's Day

8 March, 2016

Press Release 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) staff and service users gathered today (8 March) at The Courtyard Theatre,  Newtownabbey to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016. 
The event opened with a screening of the film, My Story which was created by local victims of domestic violence allowing women to tell their story while offering hope to other women living with domestic violence. 
Speakers included Superintendent Muir Clark, Colette Stewart CEO for Onus NI (Ltd), Rev. Steven Thompson and the Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, John Blair. 
Pledge for Parity is the 2016 global theme for International Women’s Day. Here today men and women are joining forces to challenge and break down the barriers that result in women staying in abusive relationships and make gaining support more accessible. Collaborative working between the agencies here today is vital in order to make this a reality in our society. This can be further achieved through the ONUS Safe Borough and Safe Church initiative.
Speaking at the event Rosemary Magill, CEO Women’s Aid ABCLN, stated,” This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these courageous women who made this powerful film and highlight how each of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence and commit to take action to hasten gender equality. In doing so we can challenge attitudes that foster acceptance of domestic violence in our society and strive to eradicate this social evil”.
The Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, John Blair was today presented with White Ribbon Charter which was signed by his councillors and members of staff. This affirms the council’s commitment ‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about domestic abuse.’
The Charters will be displayed in their premises with the aim that every women and child who use their organisation will see the level of support that exists for them to live their lives free from violence.
Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home, in the Ballymena, Antrim, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey areas
Support can be accessed by calling The Naomi Centre on 02825 632136 or the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 (Open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence). Alternatively read about our services by visiting www.womens-aid.org.uk
My Story is available to view on Women’s Aid website www.womens-aid.org.uk  and also on YouTube: http://youtu.be/YyuQvlQwiI8
Every penny raised supports women and children in your community. 
Donations can be made: 
Online: http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/donate
Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF T 028 2563 2136
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey is a charity recognised by the HM Revenue and Customs No. XR 13095 Company limited by guarantee No. NI 054434