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Irish Soccer Team Show Support for White Ribbon Campaign at the Aviva Stadium

Irish Soccer Team Show Support for White Ribbon Campaign at the Aviva Stadium
– Show your Support by Taking Part in the 16 days of Action –

Friday, 15th November: The Irish Soccer team will be showing their support for the White Ribbon campaign at tonight’s international against Latvia at the Aviva stadium, by wearing white ribbons on their jackets during the National Anthem. White Ribbon is Ireland’s only national, male-led primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women. It is promoted in Ireland by the Men’s Development Network, a non-profit organisation. White Ribbon Day, on Monday, November 25th, focuses on men ending violence towards women.

White Ribbon Day is being celebrated in Ireland with a reception at EU House, Dawson Street for ambassadors including John Delaney and Bobby Kerr. The event is being launched by Mr. Brian Hayes TD of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and will be hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan. The event will feature special performances by Luka Bloom of ‘Heartman’ along with Ciara McMahon singing the specially composed ‘White Ribbon Song’.

“I’m delighted to see the Irish soccer team and well respected familiar faces supporting this important campaign. The 16 days of action is a great time to get involved in the campaign and help to end men’s violence against women and support gender equality. Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide. You can show your support by wearing your white ribbon or becoming and ambassador,” said Alan O’Neill, Men’s Development Network.

The work of White Ribbon is hugely important both in Ireland and across the world. Violence against women is a serious problem in Ireland. Research shows that 1 in 5 women in Ireland who have been in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner. In a one-day survey by Safe Ireland on 6th November 2012, 537 women and 311 children were accommodated and/or received support from a domestic violence service; 115 helpline calls were received from women; 117 women and 152 children were living in a refuge (Safe Ireland National One Day Census of Domestic Violence Services 2012).

The Rape Crisis Network’s annual report states that 90% of perpetrators were know to the survivor, and 21% of sexual violence against adult females was by partners or ex-partners. 2,541 availed of counselling and support (RCNI National Rape Crisis Statistics and Annual Report 2011). In 2012, there were 14,792 incidents of domestic violence disclosed to the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline. There were 9,912 incidents of emotional abuse, 2,859 incidents of physical abuse and 1,554 incidents of financial abuse disclosed. In the same year, 467 incidents of sexual abuse were disclosed to Helpline support workers including 176 rapes. The Women’s Aid National Helpline responded to 11,729 calls in 2012 (Women’s Aid Annual Report 2012).

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About White Ribbon:
The Men’s Development Network (MDN) works with men on a local regional, national and international level. Our mission statement is “Better lives for men, Better lives for all.” MDN are the national promoters of the White Ribbon Campaign in Ireland. It is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence towards women. The White Ribbon Campaign works to change attitudes and behaviours that lead to men’s violence against women and an instrumental aspect of this is to work alongside organisations who support this and who share the same values and goals. With the help of supporters and ambassadors, the White Ribbon Campaign can grow the influence and reach of the work for White Ribbon and, most importantly, act to achieve the goal of stopping men’s violence against women. To find out more about the campaign see: www.whiteribbon.ie

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