Press Release: The Poverty of Lives – Women and Abuse across India and Ireland At Kimmage Development Studies Centre

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The Poverty of Lives – Women and Abuse across India and Ireland

At Kimmage Development Studies Centre

Whitehall Road, Kimmage, DublinD12 P5YP
10.00am – 1.00pm, May 18, 2017

Organised by Catherine Dunne and Nita Mishra (ASAP-Irish Network)

(Supported by KDSC, Ireland-India Institute (DCU), Gender Study Group (DSAI)

In 1991, Lucy Kurien, a Catholic nun from Kerala in India, was confronted with a situation that would change life.

One night, a young pregnant woman came to her asking for help, as she believed her life was in danger. Sr Lucy promised to help her first thing the following day.

That same night, the young woman’s abusive husband doused her in kerosene and set her alight. Sr Lucy witnessed her screams of agony.

At that time she was, she says, unaware that ‘one night could make such a difference to the life of a woman’.

Both the young woman, and the child she was carrying, died that night, the woman suffering 90 degree burns.

Her death became the foundation stone of what is now Maher, a series of refuges all over India which cater to the women and children who are the victims of domestic abuse.

But domestic abuse is not an Indian phenomenon: it is an international one.

Recent statistics from studies in Ireland show that violence against women is endemic and is a rapidly-escalating one. So let’s talk about it across the seas.

Sr Lucy will visit Dublin between 17th-20th May.

On the 18th of May, she will be the keynote speaker in a seminar on The Poverty of Lives – Women and Abuse across India and Ireland. Contributors include authors, poets, academics, and activists from both countries.

Entrance is free, but ticketed, as numbers are limited.
Please register at Eventbrite.

 

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