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Positive engagement with MEP candidates in Midlands North West

May 16, 2024

Meath Women’s Refuge & Support Services met on 16th May 2024 with a number of MEP candidates for Midlands North West to share challenges facing women and children affected by domestic violence, including a lack of financial resources and suitable housing.

There were positive conversations on the role of MEPS in advancing gender equality and reducing violence against women in Europe, including key points:
- Recognising violence against women has its root cause in gender inequality and committing to greater gender equality at all levels in Europe
- Supporting the full implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Ireland and resourcing the roll out of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence
- Ensuring Coimisiún na Méan is resourced in its role to regulate intermediaries and platforms to prevent illegal and harmful activities online
- Advocating for the expansion of EU funds to invest in social and affordable housing, additional refuge beds and step-down homes
- Recognising children as victims of domestic violence with the right to adequate supports. Supporting the full implementation of the EU Child Guarantee.

Candidates briefed include: Senator Pauline O'Reilly, Green Party; Senator Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fail; Nina Carberry, Fine Gael; Rory Hearne, Social Democrats; Michelle Gildernew, Sinn Fein; Peadar Toibin, TD, Aontu; Ciaran Mulloolly Independent Ireland.


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