Purple Up Limerick aims to make violence against women and girls unacceptable

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

The Limerick Purple Up campaign is stating clearly that violence against women and girls will not be tolerated

The Limerick Purple Up campaign is stating clearly that violence against women and girls will not be tolerated

OVER the past 21 years, 212 women have died violently in Ireland and a majority of these women, some 63%, have been killed in their own homes.

Figures compiled by Women’s Aid in September this year also show that, in resolved cases, over half (54%) of women were murdered by a partner or ex-partner and a further 33% were killed by someone they knew.

The figures, according to Deirdre Barrett of Adapt House in Limerick, underline the continuing prevalence of violence against women and demonstrate the need for the Purple Up Limerick Campaign which kicks off next week.

One in five women in Ireland is affected by violence, she added.

The Purple Up Campaign, Ms Barrett explained, is being co-ordinated and led by the Limerick Local Area Network on Violence against Women and is part of the International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women which now encompasses over 1500 organisations across 160 countries.

“The aim of the campaign is to highlight the prevalence of violence against women in Limerick and stand in solidarity with those who are affected by abuse and violence in their close relationships,” Ms Barrett said.

“We also want to turn the spotlight on abusers and send a message to them that Limerick will not tolerate abuse of our women and girls.”

“We also want to send a message to legislators that we need tougher penalties for those who target and groom women and use their power to control women,” she added.

“We are asking groups and organisations, individuals, clubs, libraries, schools, colleges, adult education centres, family resource centres and community development programmes to take a Purple Up pack and use the materials in it to decorate a space with information on the many services available to women who are or have experienced sexual or domestic abuse or violence,” Ms Barrett said.  

On Friday, November 24, there will be a public demonstration to commemorate the stolen lives of the 212 women who have died violently in Ireland since 1996.

“We will gather at 12 noon at the junction of Thomas St and O’Connell St and everyone is asked to wear something purple on that day.”

Lights will be lit in memory of the women and at 12.30 there will be a National Moment of Silence.

“Anyone who can’t make the rally in Limerick is asked to  wear something purple on the day and to stop at 12:30 to observe the National Moment of Silence,” Ms Barrett added.

The 16 days of Action against Violence against Women runs from November 25, which is International Day against Violence against Women, to December 10th International Human Rights Day.

The international campaign works towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women and raises awareness of violence against women as a human rights issue at local, national and international level.

To get your Purple Up pack, email development@adaptservices.ie or ring 061-412354.