Candlelit Vigil to Mark International Day to End Violence Against Women

This evening Cardiff North Labour Women’s Forum organised a candlelit vigil to mark the UN’s International Day to End Violence Against Women.

Around 20 men and women gathered at the statue of Aneurin Bevan in Queen Street to light a candle and remember women victims of violence.

Former Labour Assembly Member Julie Morgan made a short address to mark the occassion.

She said: “It’s a very important thing to do, to show solidarity with women.  It’s also good to see some men here as well”

Julie Morgan addressing the crowd

 

Ann Cox of the Cardiff North Labour Women’s Forum, who helped to organise the event was pleased at the turn-out.  She said:

“It’s good to have a little bit more awareness.  People have stopped to see what we’re doing, that’s why we  wanted to have the vigil here.”

Ann Cox and Sheryl Chetcutey with their candles

Sheryl Chetcutey, who attends a ‘women in political life’ course said she came to the vigil “to draw attention to the violence perpetrated against women.”  She added

“I’m worried about the effect of the economic situation.  Women are hit harder and the extra stress of the recession might make men more abusive.”

Here are a few pictures from the event:

Today the Welsh Assembly Government promised to protect the £4.4m investment it had put aside to help female victims of domestic violence.

Social Justice Minister, Carl Sargeant said:

“Tackling domestic abuse and violence against women is one of my top priorities and that is why I have protected this crucial area of work in the draft budget,

“We have come along way in tackling violence against women but I recognise more needs to be done to eradicate this heinous crime.

“This is a big challenge but by protecting the budget we can continue to work with our partners to make women and children safer.”

The money will go towards funding a six-year strategy to tackle all forms of violence against women in Wales, including rape and sexual assault, domestic abuse, honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

 

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About Rachel Conner

Rachel Conner is currently a postgraduate newspaper journalism student at Cardiff University. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Durham with an LLB. View all posts by Rachel Conner

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