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Donegal declares zero tolerance on domestic violence with MAN UP campaign

Cllr. Paschal Blake, Mayor of Letterkenny, and Jason Black at the Man Up launch.

Cllr. Paschal Blake, Mayor of Letterkenny, and Jason Black at the Man Up launch.

DONEGAL men are proudly standing up and declaring zero tolerance on domestic violence of any kind as part of a new campaign which was launched yesterday, December 9, at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (lyit).

The Donegal MAN UP Campaign seeks to help make Ireland a safe place for women and children. It acknowledges that ‘most men celebrate and respect women – they don’t control them. Good men protect and care for children’.

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Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) Ltd worked with the Donegal Domestic Violence Service, Letterkenny Rape Crisis Centre, The National Collective of Community-based Women’s Network, Donegal Women’s Network and Letterkenny Women’s Centre to launch the campaign.

A number of key speakers included Jason Black Donegal’s first person ever to summit the world’s highest most dangerous mountain, Mount Everest, who launched the campaign, Letterkenny Mayor Cllr. Paschal Blake, John Andy Bonner (lyit) and Caoimhin Mac Aoidh (CEO DLDC Ltd) who all highlighted the importance of raising awareness of this campaign.

Traditionally, domestic violence against women has been seen as a women’s issue but both men and women are central to the solution. Men are essential allies in ending violence.

Mr Black said he believed that domestic violence can be challenged best if men and women work together to end it. “Your support for MAN UP means that we are one person closer to making Ireland the safest place for women and children living with violence,” he said.

The campaign in Donegal has received support from the President, Michael D. Higgins, Singer Daniel O’Donnell and GAA Star Karl Lacey amongst others.

If you would like to show your support by signing up to MAN UP Campaign, contact Donegal Local Development Company Ltd on 074 9127056 for further details.

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