Break the Silence, End the Violence

By Sorcha Mallen

This Monday, the 3rd of April , ‘ Break the Silence, End the Violence’ week will officially be launched; alongside the first public exhibition of a global collaboration of 29 paintings and 22 poems on Gender Based Violence by Trócaire.

There will be inputs from:Fiona Shannon, Humanitarian Protection Advisor – Gender; Trócaire will give a Trócaire perspective on GBV and protection; Karen Kane- VP for Welfare and Equality will bring a student perspective to the issue and outline supports available on campus; and  Eleanor O’Dwyer, representing the student organising committee will give an overview of the week’s activities.

 On the Tuesday the 4th of April, the Arts Block will be the venue for photography, badge making and maps, and creating awareness around Gender Based Violence. There will be tea and a public discussion have anyone can volunteer in the campaign.

On Wednesday the 5th of April, a solidarity balloon release will be hosted  at 1pm outside of the Arts block as a sign of solidarity to one in three people who will experience physical or sexual violence at some point of their lifetime. We will also have white ribbons available for students to make the White Ribbon Commitment, a pledge to: never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and men.

On Thursday the 6th of April, an evening, a seminar called: Gender Based Violence: Risk and Response will take place in Callan Building 1 from 6-8pm. The evening will include inputs from: Women’s Aid: Ruth Dunne and she will give a talk titled:  ‘Risks to women and national response services in Ireland’.White Ribbon: Alan O’ Neill and he will give a talk titled: ‘Prevention, policy and campaigning for accountability for men’s violence against women.’Trócaire: Deirdre Ni Cheallaigh and she will give a talk titled:  ‘Risk and responses in some of the contexts where Trócaire is working.’

This seminar will be followed by a panel discussion with the audience; and will end with a drinks reception in Callen building. The hashtag for the event will be #strenghtinunity