MOTHER AND SISTER OF LATE CLODAGH HAWE LAUNCH FUND FOR WOMEN’S AID
Read the full article in Issue 56 - Winter 2016/’17 of ‘Changing Ireland’!
The mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe
who was murdered in her home last year
alongside her three sons Liam, Niall and
Ryan, have set up a fund in their memory,
with all proceeds going to Women’s Aid.
The aim is to raise at least €50,000. “Clodagh was strong and beautiful inside and out and was so loving,” wrote Clodagh’s mother Mary Coll and sister Jacqueline Connolly.
“She was warm, loving, bright and capable and she was bringing her boys Liam, Niall and Ryan, up to have those same qualities. We want their deaths to help other women who are living in fear and isolation in their own homes.”
“Please support our fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid. One in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse and many women are isolated and alone,” said Mary and Jacqueline. The four were killed on August 31st by their husband and father Alan Hawe who afterwards killed himself.
Donations can be made online through this page:
They also launched a booklet (pictured) listing all the services for women in Limerick city.
209 WOMEN'S DEATHS
16 DAYS OF ACTION
By December, 209 women had been murdered in Ireland since 1996 when Women’s Aid began recording figures.
Marking the annual ‘16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women’, Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid said:
“Femicide must not be accepted as a fact of life. Women should be safe in their homes and in their relationships. And we must recognise the strong connection between the killing of women and domestic violence.”
The project’s Femicide Watch shows that a woman in Ireland is more likely to be killed in her own home and by a current or former boyfriend, partner or husband.
Where the cases have been resolved (through the courts or in cases of murder-suicide) 89 women (54%) were murdered by a current or former male intimate partner. Another 54 women (33%) were killed by a male relative or acquaintance and 21 women were murdered by a stranger.
Meanwhile, figures from the Central Statistics Office show that breaches of domestic violence court orders have nearly doubled in the past 10 years.
Lashing out at those in power who could do more, Sharon O’Halloran, CEO of SAFE Ireland said, “We can prevent these murders. We can open the doors of our refuges and let people in when they call, instead of turning them away due to a lack of resources.”
Local actions took place nationwide throughout the 16 Days.
For example, Limerick Women’s Network (LWN) members gathered to hold a minute’s silence in solidarity with victims of domestic violence. Members of the ‘Circle of Friends’ group produced a symbolic wreath recording the names of the 209 victims.
The event took place on December 7th in Watchouse Cross Library, Moyross and was attended by women from women’s groups across Limerick.
According to group facilitator Edel Geraghty, the issue of violence against women is one that the women’s network deal with on an almost daily basis. “We come across many women survivors of domestic abuse who have never reported the crime. Statistics say one in four women are affected by this issue but from our experience the number is likely to be far higher.”
LWN is funded by the Dept. of Justice and Equality.
The Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline operates all year round.
T: 1800 341 900.
16 DAYS EXPLAINED
Women’s Aid define the
‘16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women’
as “an important opportunity to raise awareness
\and call for changes at an international, national and local level to
make women and children safe from abuse.