The needed conversation about violence against women has returned to the forefront amid an outpouring of grief following the death of Offaly schoolteacher Ashling Murphy.
As Ashling’s death sent shockwaves across the country, anger grew over the fact that another woman had been killed in her daily life and the ongoing gender-based violence epidemic.
Humanitarian organization PLAN International Ireland has found that 93% of women do not feel safe on a daily basis because of their gender, and has launched a petition calling on the government to implement emergency reform of the CSR program in accordance to international best practices.
PLAN has campaigned for public spaces to be safer for women and is now pushing for an overhaul of the outdated CSR curriculum after 85% of young people said they were given the wrong information about sexual and reproductive health.
It shouldn’t be like this. 93% of women surveyed [by Plan International Ireland] said they felt vulnerable because of their gender in Ireland,” said PLAN International CEO Paul O’Brien.
“We must use all available levers to change this; our family conversations, what we teach our children – especially the boys and the laws of the land. We have reached our decisive moment; we can’t let it pass.
The organization also recommended a number of things people can do to support ending gender-based violence. Here are three things you can do to help.
1. Call out bad behavior and inappropriate use of language
If needed, speak to your local Garda station and engage with your local advisors and TD to help make your area a safer place to live.
2. Education starts at home
Talk openly with your children about these issues and define your own values at home – you don’t have to wait for schools to do this. Parents can take action today.
3. Talk about gender-based violence with your peers
PLAN also urges young people to have open conversations about gender-based violence with their classmates and peers and to support each other.