Today marks the end of the Signature Campaign for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women, I put this thread up to notify P.ie users of the Campaign:
The campaign was begun on the foot of comments by Ban Ki-Moon on issues
round the VAW issue, wherein he indicated that the UN would be calling on
National Governments to produce real evidence and measurable reforms
in the areas of education and awareness on the issues. I do not think that
the Irish Government has introduced a single measurable reform in the area
and that is why they were carpetted in Geneva regarding transposing Rights
Laws into Irish law.
The info on the UN campaign is ironically enough on the FGM thread,
where I argued that the right to privacy of the woman was breached
and the problems were substantive because there had been a severe
lack of awareness raised on EU laws regarding Protection in the form
of implementing the 2006 Asylum Qualification Directive.
NGOs such as Amnesty International and Trocaire have done more about
raising awareness on issues of Violence Against Women and Girls and
should be commended for their hard work in these areas. I am referring
specifically to the FGM campaign by Trocaire and the voluntary work
done by the Rape Crisis Centres in supporting victims who have to
go through an Asylum system where funding on Gender Violence
and Unaccompanied Children is as risible as to be practically non-existent.
Ruhama support victims of sex-trafficking and again their work is
privately funded and they are an NGO.
So what has the Irish government Accomplished in Terms of both
raising Awareness; and Reform in the areas of Gender Violence?
And if they were asked to produce evidence of centrally funded education
programmes on these issues , could they indeed do so?
There are currently two Oireachtas Committees on areas around Protection
and Consent , I am looking forward to recommendations that increase
our awareness on the issues of vulnerablity and human rights rather than
some politicised media campaign obfuscating the issues based in
lack of Knowledge of the seriousness of educating kids to their own
safety and rights to education/privacy and bodily integrity.