ASK Murphy was out for a jog. But she never made it home.
Her death shocked the country and prompted many to question: Are we doing enough to stop violence against women? The answer, quite simply, is no.
Support for Women has reported that 244 women have died violently since 1996.
About 152 of these women were killed in their own homes and 87% were killed by a man known to them.
A recent survey found that 93% of women said they felt vulnerable because of their gender in Ireland. How do we let it come to this?
Following Ashling’s death, Taoiseach promised a new strategy on gender-based violence in March.
Michael Martin said he wanted a zero-tolerance approach to violence against women. This, for sure, is what everyone wants. But it is a problem that can only be solved by the collective efforts of the whole society.
On a daily basis in Ireland – around the world – women and girls are subjected to harassment, abuse, violence and assault by men every day.
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They live in an alien culture where sexism is tolerated. Obviously, not all men engage in sexist jokes or conversations. But too few of them stepped up to challenge it. All are linked.
Women should not have to modify their behavior for fear of being ridiculed, harassed, or attacked.
It’s time for a radical cultural change. That’s why Irish Sun and the Wireless radio stations – FM104, Q102, LMFM, Limerick’s Live 95, U105, Cork’s 96FM and C103 – come together to say: Enough is enough.
Today, we launch our new campaign, asking EVERYONE to CALL OUT.
It is supported by the brother of the murder victim Marioara Rostas, a young woman cruelly ended up in terrible circumstances.
THE VIOLATION HAS BEEN STOPED
Dumitru Rostas – 14 years old when he last saw his sister alive – said the patterns of violence suffered by people like his sister “must stop once and for all”.
He said Ashling’s death in Tullamore, Co Offaly, evoked his own heartbreaking loss in 2008. He said: “My message is pretty clear – violence against women must stop.”
That means if you hear a sexist comment that makes women feel uncomfortable, you take a stand. If you see inappropriate behavior, don’t just look the other way. SEND THIS OUT.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the pub, the golf club, the locker room, or on social media. This is where it started. Society cannot continue to follow the path where women live in fear every day and are treated as second-class citizens.
We can no longer bury our heads in the sand on this matter. Men are part of the problem. But, they are also part of the SOLUTION.
Only when we all act together can we make a meaningful change.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8263097/violence-against-women-call-this-out-irish-sun-says/ Violence against women can only be solved when all societies work together