An Orange high heel shoe is appearing in shop windows in Ballina and Castlebar, as part of a national campaign against gender violence
Today is the start of 16 days of activism against gender violence, ending on December 10th, Human Rights Day.
Soroptimists across Ireland, including Ballina and Castlerbar, are calling for the elimination of violence against women.
An orange high heel shoe has been chosen to highlight the campaign, as orange symbolises a brighter future, free of violence.
Soroptimist organisations in Ballina and Castlebar have placed orange high heel shoes in windows of shops and businesses for the campaign’s duration with the message “You are not Alone”
Posters and information cards have also been created with the same message and the Women’s Aid Freephone number to assist women to get help / support as needed.
In Ireland violence against women is a significant issue that worsened since the Covid pandemic.
Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley was joined by the Presidents of both Ballina and Castlebar Soroptimists Eileen Diamond and Anne O’Sullivan to talk about the campaign and the work of the Soroptimists
She began by asking Anne what the orange high heel shoes on shop windows in both towns is all about..