The National Women’s Strategy 2017 – 2020
The Unsung heroines – Longford Women in the 1916 Rising
It was story of Rose McGuinness, Brigid Lyons and the Ní Riain sisters who were stationed at rebel strongholds during the Rising. ‘Unsung Heroines’ was drama performed by Longford Womens’ Link, supported by Longford County Council as part of their Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Students from Templemichael College were also involved.
LWL 16 Days Walk of Rembrance on 4th of December
The International 16 Days of Action in brief
The International 16 Days of Action runs between two significant UN days of human rights awareness rising. The 25th of November is UN International Day Opposing Violence against Women, and 16 days later, the 10th of December, is International Human Rights Day. Holding the campaign within these global days of action sends a strong message that violence against women is a violation of their fundamental human rights. This year, the campaign is particularly special, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the agreement of the Beijing Platform for Action. The Declaration from Beijing was the most progressive global agreement ever produced on women’s equality, and it strongly called on States to take all possible measures end gender-based violence. This makes the year 2015 an especially good opportunity to take stock and demand more action to realise women’s right to be safe and free from violence.
The 16 Days of Action began in 1991. Since then, over 4,114 organisations in approximately 172 countries have taken part. Participating in 16 Days is a public political statement to local elected representatives and the media that we want positive change and better protection of women and children from violence and abuse.
These are its overarching aims:
- Increase women’s safety and protection, including by lobbying governments
- Strengthen and highlight local work to tackle violence against women
- Recognize violence against women as a human rights issue
- Show solidarity among and with women around the world