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National Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls-16 Days of Action, 2 December 2022

The European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland is partnering with the Irish Observatory on Violence against Women to host a seminar to launch the Observatory’s Grevio shadow report and mark the significance of the new Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Barry Andrews MEP Dublin will be among the speakers. The event takes place on 2 December from 10:00am-1:00pm at Wood Quay, Dublin City Council Offices, Dublin 8.   Prior registration required.

This event takes place within the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women, and aims to mark a highly significant moment in Ireland: the first review of Irish progress since Ireland ratified the Istanbul Convention and the new National Strategy.

Ireland has undergone rapid legislative transformation to meet its Convention obligations, including the Third National Strategy, launched this year, which fulfils a great number of Istanbul requirements , and is groundbreaking in its recognition of the inherent violence and abuse of commercial sexual exploitation and the sex trade. Yet, despite these welcome developments there is still urgent need for the effective and accountable implementation of the Convention and the Third National Strategy. This year’s conference will examine what has been done, what is being done and what needs to be done in this regard.

The Observatory has been conducted research and produced this report with the support of the Community Foundation for Ireland.

  • Barry Andrews, MEP, and substitute member of the European Parliament's Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
  • Orla O’Connor, NWC Director and Chair of the National Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Megan Berry, Community Development Worker, Pavee Point
  • Eliona Gjecaj, disability advocate researching the access to justice for disabled women who had been subjected to gender based violence
  • Justine McCarthy, Irish Times columnist (panel chair)
  • Oonagh McPhilips, Secretary General Department of Justice
  • Mia Döring, Author, Any Girl: A Memoir of Sexual Exploitation and Recovery
  • Chief Superintendent Colm Noonan, Garda National Protective Services Bureau
  • Sarah Monaghan, Consent Project Manager at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
  • Mary-Louise Lynch, founder of Survivors Informing Services and Institutions
  • Caroline Munyi, Migrant Women’s Health Coordinator, Akidwa



Background note:

The Irish Observatory on Violence against Women is an independent network of grassroots and national organisations that monitor progress on responses to violence against women in Ireland.  Current members include National Women’s Council of Ireland (chair and convenor), Akidwa, Action Aid, Ascend, Cairde, Cork Sexual Violence Centre, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, European Women’s Lobby, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, Longford Women’s Centre, Womens Collective Ireland, Oxfam, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Ruhama, Sonas Domestic Violence Charity, Women’s Aid and YWCA.