Action day in Wexford Bullring calls for increased awareness on domestic violence
Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00
Crowds stood in solidarity with victims of domestic violence last week when they took part in the Women's Aid National Balloon Action event in the Bullring.
The sky was awash with colourful balloons as people from across the county released 25 into the cloudy skies. These included 20 purple and five white balloons, which represented the fact that one in five women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.
Organised by Wexford Women's Refuge, the aim of the event to highlight their own work and mark the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women Campaign. They also hoped to raise awareness of the statistics on women experiencing domestic violence.
The event was opened with some live music from local musician Martin Jackman, while singer songwriter Marie Conniffe followed the balloon release with a powerful performance of her song inspired by murdered women in Guatemala.
The day was organised to coincide with International Human Rights Day. It was one of many similar action events that took place around the country.