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10 December 1998

Women’s Rights are Human Rights 

Since January 1998, nine women have died in Northern Ireland as a result of domestic violence.  Tonight Thursday 10 December, International Human Rights Day, Women's Aid will hold a candlelight vigil between 5 pm and 7 pm outside City Hall, Belfast in memory of women and children who have suffered and who are still suffering from violence in the home. 

Lending his support to the campaign, the Lord Mayor, Councillor David Alderdice said:  

“Belfast is glad to endorse the work to stop violence against women.  It is important to highlight suffering that all too often goes on silently.  As we approach Christmas this is a time to reflect on what we can give to those around us, not just what we can get.”

The vigil is part of Women’s Aid’s wider campaign to raise public awareness and encourage an effective community response to domestic violence. 

Angela Courtney, of Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Federation, speaking today said:  

“The tragedy of violence experienced by women and children in the home will continue unless we seek to create non-violent communities where everyone can feel safe.”

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