Galway to host conference on migrants experiencing gender-based violence

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A conference exploring the issues facing migrants experiencing gender-based violence, and the supports that are available to them will take place at the Harbour Hotel, Galway on Monday, 13 March from 10.30am to 4pm.

The event will hear from a range of speakers and panels, including a keynote address from CEO of Women’s Aid, Sarah Benson, who will discuss ‘a survivor-centred perspective on navigating domestic, sexual and gender-based violence systems and structures’.

There will be a panel discussion on the ‘experiences of migrants in addressing gender-based violence’, which will feature perspectives from migrant women who are survivors of gender-based violence.

The event will also feature an overview on current national policy and legal context by Ben Ryan, Head of Criminal Justice Policy, Department of Justice.

Commenting ahead of the conference, Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said: “Migrant women experiencing gender-based violence face additional challenges that affect their ability to leave abusive relationships – including language and cultural barriers, lack of information, and concerns around visa-rights.

“As part of our upcoming conference, we are looking forward to discussing how migrants experiencing gender-based violence can be supported, and what barriers they are currently facing.

“In order for us to be able to adequately address these concerns, it is vital that migrant voices are at the centre of the conversation.”

The full event programme is available here.