Representatives from Women’s Groups from Derry and Raphoe as well as Mothers’ Union members attended the Prayer Vigil organised by Jacqui Armstrong, Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union Faith and Policy Co-ordinator, in St Columb’s Cathedral as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. Among those present were five female clergy from throughout the Diocese.
Greeted on arrival by the Diocesan President Mrs Mary Good, those attending were given purple and yellow ribbons and asked to visit the prayer stations around the Cathedral at intervals throughout the Vigil.
Insights into the work of the Letterkenny Refuge and Foyle Woman’s Aid were given by representatives and Councillor Angela Dobbins read a poem she had written on Gender Abuse from the perspective of the victim and the abuser.
Canon George Irwin from Christian Aid spoke about the work of his organisation and Tim Houston from CARE (Christian Action Research Education) talked about gender abuse and people trafficking in Ireland.
Those present were asked to pray for the victims and also the perpetrators of Gender Violence at home and abroad and for all those who are working to end it, especially the Northern Ireland Justice Minister Claire Sudden and the PSNI and Garda Siochana.
Many thanks to all Mothers’ Union members who donated toiletries, clothes and other items which were divided between Letterkenny Refuge and Foyle Women’s Aid.