Protest in Dublin to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Approximately one hundred women from various action groups around the country held a public protest outside Dáil Éireann on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to highlight the that,

The problem of violence against women is a global one.

In Ireland almost twenty per cent of women have reported being subjected to violence by a husband or boyfriend.

As Mary Van Lieshout from Oxfam explains, violence may take different forms depending on the country and context. Female genital mutilation is performed in some African countries, whereas Asian campaigners have reported selective population control programmes and female infanticide in countries with strict one or two-child policies.

Different regions have different expressions.

Women's groups in Ireland also called on government to implement the recommendations in the 1996 Task Force on Violence Against Women immediately.

The general public find it difficult to believe the extent of domestic abuse in Ireland, due to the way the family unit in Ireland is perceived says Betty Doyle of Wexford Women’s Action,

The Irish perception of the family, it is seen as culture, it is seen as personal but it’s never seen as something that the State should be responsible for.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 November 1997. The reporter is Anne Marie Smyth.