One in four women in Ireland have suffered some form of domestic abuse
EVERYBODY is being asked to strike a ‘warrior pose’ on the new bank holiday to show solidarity with the victims of domestic abuse.
Irish Paralympic Champion Ellen Keane is among those planning to take part in the #StandStrong movement and is encouraging others to take part on Monday.
The warrior pose is a yoga move which is considered a non-confrontational symbol of focus, confidence and courage.
One in four women in Ireland, from all backgrounds and ages, have suffered some form of domestic abuse during the lifetime.
“Together we can help raise greater awareness of this issue and encourage people to start lifesaving conversations,” Ms Keane said.
“On February 6 stop what you are doing, if only for a brief moment, and publicly stand strong in support of women suffering from domestic abuse. Let’s show that the whole country is behind them!”
Woman’s Aid want to raise €2.4m over the next three year’s as it seeks to raise awareness about the issue in Irish society.
The pose is a yoga move which is considered a non-confrontational symbol of focus, confidence and courage.
Sarah Benson, CEO of Women’s Aid said: “One in two adults in Ireland knows someone who has experienced abuse. Through the #StandStrong movement we aim to drive greater awareness of the issue of domestic abuse. Donations through the campaign can help change lives and will support the 24hr National Freephone Helpline as well as face to-face support, practical assistance to women in need and so much more.”
Women’s Aid have teamed up with Allianz Insurance for the project. They want the #StandStrong pose become an annual event in Ireland’s cultural calendar.
Broadcaster Louise McSharry has also backed the campaign, telling the Irish Independent it will make a difference to victims.
She said the level of domestic abuse is “unacceptable and needs to be talk about every day until we find the solution for it”
“It should be the priority issue for government as well,” she said.