Allianz and Women’s Aid are asking the people of Ireland to unite against domestic abuse
Looking for a way to spend your new Bank Holiday Monday? How about choosing to #StandStrong, a movement created to showcase the nation’s solidarity with women subjected to domestic abuse.
Allianz Insurance and Women’s Aid recently announced their goal to raise €2.4M over the next three years to support the incredible work of the leading national organisation that helps abused women.
To help reach this goal, on the new bank holiday, falling on the 6th of February this year, the nation is invited to show solidarity by donating on the #StandStrong platform as well as doing the Warrior Pose. This yoga pose is a non-confrontational symbol of focus, confidence and courage and an inclusive and strong way for everyone to show their support for women subjected to domestic abuse.
Although everyone is welcome to take part, wherever they may be, and share their pose with the hashtag on social media, an event has been organised on Monday at 11am, on Bray Seafront, with a special 45 minute yoga class with Yin Yoga Jen. Supported by Gym And Coffee, suggested ticket price is €25, but to make the event more accessible tickets have been left open as an open donation. 100% of all funds raised will go to Women’s Aid – click here to register to the event.
The #StandStrong movement aims to become a new annual key date in Ireland’s cultural calendar, wanting to engage, educate and empower people to combat domestic abuse, remove stigma surrounding it and drive for zero tolerance, while raising much-needed funds for Women’s Aid.
“Domestic abuse is a complex issue which takes many forms and affects 1 in 4 women in Ireland, from all backgrounds and ages,” says Sarah Benson, CEO Women’s Aid. “One in two adults in Ireland knows someone who has experienced abuse.
“Through the #StandStrong movement we aim to drive greater awareness of the issue of domestic abuse. Donations through the campaign can help change lives and will support the 24hr National Freephone Helpline as well as face to-face support, practical assistance to women in need and so much more.” To donate and for more information on how to get involved visit https://www.standstrong.ie/
Also, make sure to mark 14 February on your calendars – not just for Valentine’s Day, but for a pop up launch for Women’s Aid’s Too Into You campaign, highlighting the dangers of toxic love.
The #TooIntoYou experience will run from 10.30am to 6pm at 2 Henry Street, Dublin 1, and is designed to spark conversation about healthy and unhealthy relationships. For more about this campaign, pick up the January/February issue of Irish Country Magazine for our chat with project leader Mary Hayes.