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CSP condemns global violence against women

3 July 2013 - 5:01pm

The CSP called on the Irish government and the Northern Ireland Assembly to help end violence against women, in a motion at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions conference on Wednesday.


Claire Ronald: 'Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable.' Photo: Kevin Cooper

Proposing the motion, CSP senior negotiating officer for Northern Ireland Claire Ronald, said: ‘The horrific attack on a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi in December 2012, who later died from the severe injuries she sustained, raised again the need to campaign to end global violence against women.

‘Governments and the world's health systems can and must do more to campaign to put an end to violence against women and make women’s rights a priority at home and abroad.’

She added that violence against women was ‘never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable’ and urged the Irish government to work with organisations worldwide to combat violence against women, and make international women’s rights a global priority.

World Health Organization report

Ms Ronald also referred to a report, published last month by the World Health Organization, which found that more than 35 per cent of women across the world will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

The motion was met with unanimous agreement and passed.

Other motions at the conference, which is being held in Belfast from 2 to 4 July, discussed the treatment of older people, issues of public health and maintaining existing terms and conditions of employment for all health service staff.


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