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Limerick hosts 16 Days events

216 women have died violently in Ireland since 1996, 136 in their own homes. 56% of women were killed by a current or former boyfriend, partner or husband (Women’s Aid, Media Watch November 2017).


The Purple Up Limerick Campaign Rally was held on Friday 24th November.


The 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women runs from 25th November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10th December (International Human Rights Day). It is an international campaign, which started in 1991 and now has over 1,500 organisations from over 160 countries participating. 


Limerick Local Area Network on Violence Against Women is running a Purple Up Limerick Campaign during the 16 Days of Action. Limerick City and County Council lit up the former City Hall at Merchants Quay in Purple, and a Rally was held in the city on Friday 24 November.


Groups and organisations from all over the city and county have taken Purple Up Packs to decorate their premises to:


- Highlight the prevalence of violence against women - 1 in 5 women in Ireland.
- Raise awareness of violence against women as a human rights issue at local level.
- Show solidarity with women affected by domestic and sexual abuse.
- Signpost the supports available to women and their children.
- Declare publicly that violence against women is a choice some men make and to break the silence that surrounds it.


A number of groups have also organised events during the 16 Days of Action. 


- UHL Social Work Department held a balloon release at the hospital on Monday 27th November and staffed a stand with purple ribbons and information leaflets.
- West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers have organised a course ‘Domestic Abuse the Traveller Experience’ in conjunction with ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services on 29th November in Newcastle West.
- On Thursday 30th November, a coffee morning will be held in West Limerick Resources Offices, Newcastle West, open to everyone, at 11am.
- On Wednesday 6th December a conference on Perinatal Mental Health will be held at UH. This is fully booked.
- On Thursday 7th December Hospital Family Resource Centre will hold an event from 10am to 11.30am with the theme ‘Agents for Change’.
- On Friday 8th December Kneat Solutions in Castletroy will hold a coffee morning to raise awareness of violence against women.


Purple Up Packs are available from Deirdre at 061-412354 or



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