Mayor pledges a brighter future for women as council marks International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

By William O'Connor

To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25, Mayor Sarah Holland, elected members of South Dublin County Council and representatives from Saoirse Women’s Refuge Tallaght released a number of orange balloons.

The orange balloons, the colour as designated by the United Nations UNiTE campaign, symbolise a brighter future without violence against women.

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Upon her election as Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Holland outlined the promotion of the role and needs of women as one of her main priorities, pledging to raise awareness of and to address the issue of domestic violence. Today’s event honours that pledge.

Marking the day, Mayor Holland said, “In my role as mayor I stated that I wanted to use my time in office to promote equality, inclusion and unity.

"I further pledged to raise awareness of this issue and to make sure that those on our front lines are capable of offering advice, support and a safe place to stay for the women that come to us in need.

"As part of the Annual Budget 2016, the elected members have also agreed to set aside funds as a capital provision towards the provision of a women’s refuge”

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign running from today until December 10, Human Rights Day.

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites individuals to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.”

For further information on the campaign please visit: and #orangetheworld.



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