Friday, December 02, 2022

Women from a Ballina community group have taken part in a global campaign promoting solidarity against domestic abuse and all forms of violence.

Pictured at the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina for the launch of One Million Stars in Mayo were, from left, Hilda Gregg, Mayo Women’s Support Services; Shirley Moyles, Ballina Family Resource Centre; Emma Donoghue, Craoibhin; Lisa Gorman, Craoibhin; Phidelma Gaughan, Craoibhin; Ann Henry, community member; Gemma McLoughlin, Mayo Women’s Support Services; and Anne Marie Forbes, Jackie Clarke Collection.

The One Million Stars Ireland project is part of the global One Billion Stars project, which connects communities through the power of creativity and raises domestic violence awareness through workshops and installations to create a safer violence-free future for all.

Since 2021, the Mayo Women’s Support Services, as well as Family Resource Centres from around the county, have been organising workshops with the wider community to weave stars for public display.

Stars that were woven by members of Craoibhin Community Group in Ballina are on display at the Jackie Clarke Museum as part of a global 16 days of action highlighting violence against women. The campaign runs from November 25 to December 10. Each eight-point star represents light, hope and solidarity against violence.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse/coercive control, please contact the Mayo Women’s Support Services as they are here to help. Volunteers can be contacted through the Mayo Women’s Support Services Facebook page or on 087-6569672 or 094-9025409.

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