Image based sexual violence came to the forefront in Ireland in 2020. New laws on the issue have since come-in, but the conversation cannot end with legislation.
Today, July 30th 2020, marks the United Nations’ World Day against Trafficking in Persons, established to raise awareness about the plight of victims and to promote and protect their rights. Experts have warned that the Covid-19 crisis has put human trafficking victims at risk of further exploitation.
Over the past few months, while immersed in the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland has successfully “flattened the curve”, with daily confirmed cases finally reaching below 50 consistently. As wider society marks this triumph with the gradual easing of restrictions, people on the margins continue to suffer greatly, with little recognition or action. Covid-19 infection has increased rapidly in Direct Provision centres around the country.
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) hosted their fifth annual FemFest on Saturday, November 30th in Dublin’s City Centre. Women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five were invited to freely participate and unite in various workshops, panel discussions and listen to guest speakers. The event succeeded in empowering the future voices of our society, to continue pushing to implement change across all fields of adversity.
Ahead of the local and European elections, STAND News reporter Orla Keaveney looks at how young people can influence politics. She talked to Jayson Pope and Niamh Scully, Youth Advisory Panel Members from the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, who shared their experience in engaging the youth around referendums and elections.
The National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy aims at making younger voices heard in politics. They believe that by using surveys and encouraging youth to use their voice, they can influence policies and bring about change that young Irish people want to see.
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Video courtesy of Orla Keaveney