This 16 Days of Activism, Mothers Union in Derry & Raphoe is shining a light by calling for an end to Gender Based Violence and the stigma that surrounds it.

St. Columb’s Cathedral,
Saturday, 25th November
2pm – 4pm

The 16 Days of Activism campaign runs from 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10th December (International Human Rights Day). Throughout the campaign, members join together with one voice, to raise awareness of and call for an end to gender-based violence in all forms, and in all societies.
On Saturday, November 25th Derry & Raphoe is taking part in the Mother Union All-Ireland 16 Days of Activism Prayer Vigil. The Vigil will run from 2pm to 4pm. Speakers this year include Helen Cupples, speaking on the work A21 do in combatting human trafficking in Northern Ireland and Roisin Hamill, Childcare Coordinator, Foyle Women’s Aid. Prayerful reflection will be accompanied by the Irish harpist, Gráinne McGregor.
In 2017, Mothers’ Union is shining a light on the issue of stigma, where society responds negatively to, or by blaming those who are, victims of gender-based violence. Mothers’ Union is calling on members and others around the world to talk about gender-based violence, and challenge myths and harmful attitudes around it. We are calling on people everywhere to:
Break the silence surrounding gender-based violence
Lift the shame which is often placed unfairly on survivors, and
Shift the blame from victim to perpetrator.

For further information on the Mothers Union Worldwide 16 Days of Activism Campaign a number of resources are available at http://www.mothersunion.org/16-days. These resources give ideas on how to get involved with this worthy campaign. Information on the Irish events are found at www.mothersunion.ie.

Let us pray together:

Lord of all, help us to be silent for a moment
so we can hear the cries of girls and women,
some loud, many muffled,
enduring violence in every area
of our global community.

All humans, women and men,
are made in your image and likeness,
and have immeasurable dignity.

Help us, for a moment, be silent and still
so we can recognise You in the faces
of every girl and every woman.

(Jane Deren)