Women’s Aid ABCLN and Northern Ireland’s MLAs – pledging to take action on violence against women

Date: 
26 November, 2009

Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey launched their 16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women on Wednesday 25th November at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.   

Women’s Aid staff have spent the past year gathering signatures for a White Ribbon Charter, from individuals who have pledged: 

‘… never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’. 

Northern Ireland’s 108 MLAs are among those who signed the White Ribbon Charter, and as William Hay, Speaker of the Assembly, pointed out during his speech, it is the first campaign he can recall which attracted unanimous support.   

On Wednesday 25th November, which is International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks the start of the 16 days of Action until 10th December (International Human Rights Day), Women’s Aid staff presented the Speaker with a framed copy of the Charter signed by all the Assembly members, for permanent display in Parliament Buildings.   

Rosemary Magill, Area Manager of Women’s Aid ABCLN said at the presentation of the Charter: 

‘We’re delighted to have secured the support of all 108 MLAs, who have recognised that no matter what constituency they represent, they represent women who will have been victims of violence. The challenge to us all as social guardians is to make this pledge real and affect meaningful change for women and children living with violence and abuse in their own homes.  
 

ENDS 

NOTES FOR EDITORS:  

1. Women’s Aid (Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) is an organisation which provides support, information, advice and where necessary accommodation, for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.  

2. The 24-Hour Free-phone Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 917 1414 is available to all victims of domestic violence.    

3. For further details, please ring Lindsay Whitcroft on (028) 2563 2136 or 07599 311 355.