Tag Archives: gender based violence

Covid-19 lockdown & gender-based violence

By Andrea Murray As the outbreak of Covid-19 began to take hold, experts warned of the risk of increased gender based violence and abuse of children. Intimate partner violence increased significantly during the HIV / AIDS pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. Research from previous pandemics and disease outbreaks align with what we’re now seeing emerging from Covid-19. Economic insecurity ...

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Cyprus rape case outrage: Stop the victim blaming

Joint statement from our sister organisations in Cyprus; England, Wales and Scotland and Israel-Palestine. The 19-year-old woman who reported being brutally gang-raped last July in Agia Napa, Cyprus, was found guilty. Guilty of daring to report a rape and asking the police to investigate it. The police did nothing of the sort. On the contrary, from the very first days, ...

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From Chile to India: a new global feminist anthem

By Myriam Poizat  For the past month, a Chilean protest song and choreography about sexual violence, state sexism and a culture of victim blaming has become a viral anthem for feminists around the world. Following the first song protest performed on 25 November, the international day against gender based violence, tens of thousands have performed the song in Chile and ...

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Northern Ireland: End Gender Based Violence

By Lucy Marron Northern Ireland, tied with Romania, is the region with the highest reported rate of femicide in Europe. One-fifth of women in the North will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and domestic abuse crimes have increased by 68% since 2004 at a time when funding for services and refuges for those fleeing abuse is ...

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Unfinished Business: For a Socialist Feminist Struggle to End Gender Violence

By Emma Quinn  On 15 October a popular social media post in Ireland captured the prevalence of gender violence. The image showed nine headlines appearing across the mainstream media on that day including the sexual abuse of a child, intimate partner violence, an attack and rape of a woman in a nightclub and an internationally famous “sports star” who continued ...

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25 November: Socialist feminist struggle against gender violence !

“We are not silent. We are not scared. We are not obeying.” — Istanbul, Turkey — chants from protest against gender violence International Women’s Day 2019 in defiance of a state ban on the demonstration and police use of tear gas “My life is not your porn” — Seoul, South Korea — main slogan on 70,000 strong demonstration against ‘spy ...

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No Contact Order Bill: Taking a stand against gender-based violence

By Harper Cleaves A new report put out by the United Nations on homicide reveals that 87,000 women were murdered globally in 2017, and that over half of these women were killed by intimate partners or family members. This means that every hour, six women across the world are killed by a person they know. In this context, a new ...

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#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming in rape trial provokes mass anger

By Socialist Party reporter “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These comments from defence barrister Elizabeth O’Connell in a Cork rape trial have sparked ...

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Victim blaming & entrenched misogyny in the legal system

By Eleanor Crossey Malone The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described violence against women as a “global health problem of epidemic proportions.” Research carried out by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights found that 26% of women in Ireland had experienced sexual or physical violence at the hands of a partner or non-partner, and 31% had experienced psychological abuse from ...

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