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The 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. It is easy to forget, living in societies where women can challenge for the highest offices in government, that countless of our sisters all over the world cower in fear for themselves and their daughters.

It is hard to believe, and impossible to accept, that in 2016 2.6 billion women still live directly under the threat of legal rape and violence in their own home, and countless more as victims of war.

Is it society that fosters violence? Or culture? Or religion? Or leaders?

I suspect that it is all of the above. In England and Wales violent crimes against women rose by 10% in 2015. In Ireland 1 in 7 women have experienced severe abusive behaviour of a physical, sexual or emotional nature from a partner at some time in their lives, in Ireland!  One of the happiest countries in the world!

These are unforgivable figures.

The UN and governments around the world are taking action to bring in new legislation and action plans that address all forms of violence against women.  However, it will take all of us working together to end it.