‘I’m sick of being treated differently to my male counterparts’ – Cork County Councillor Eileen Lynch speaking about Gender based Violence
“I’m sick of being treated differently to my male counterparts, receiving commentary that they do not receive because of my gender.”
Those are the words of Cork County Councillor Eileen Lynch who says she’s hopeful that Aisling Murphy’s murder in Tullamore earlier this month will be a catalyst for change.
Cllr Lynch submitted a motion on gender violence at this weeks County Council meeting where she received strong cross party support for the motion.
The Government is due to unveil a national strategy on tackling domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence at the start of March and the Council has confirmed its full support to playing its part in whatever role national government sees for local government in a comprehensive national strategy.
Cllr Lynch says she believes it’s her duty as a councillor to call out gender based abuse and to open dialogue around it to work towards eradicating this kind of behaviour in our communities and society.
Speaking to RedFM News the Fine Gale Cllr outlines what she hopes will happen next in her fight for fairness:
“What we have agreed is Minister McEntee will be publishing a national framework regarding tackling abuse within the next two to three weeks. We’re going to look at that to see if it outlines a role for local authorities and subsequent to that we’re going to look at putting our own media campaign in place. I think, you know, Cork County Council, does a lot of work with schools in terms of like teen talks and litter awareness and all these things but I think in a way it would be one of the first time that you will have a social issue based campaign coming directly from County Councillors at that level and I would also hope to work with the Irish Women’s Council and Women’s Aid.”