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In 2010 Mary Allen and Muireann Ní Raghallaigh of the School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin completed research on the issue of gender based violence with beneficiaries of the Daughters of Charity projects in Mekele and Alitena, nothern Ethiopia. Muireann volunteered in this region with VLM in 2008 and was inspired to undertake this research when she returned to Ireland.
The research is study of women’s experiences of oppression and violence, including intimate partner violence. It was conducted using focus groups in two areas of the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, Mekele and Alitena. The findings are outlined in this report, which focuses on the types of violence, as well as its impact and causes. These findings are reported through the words of the participants themselves. In addition, the report outlines the participants’ suggestions as to how they feel they can be supported and assisted in their efforts to end this violence. Arising from these suggestions, recommendations for the Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) and for the Daughters of Charity (DOC) are outlined.
Click here to download the complete report: GBV in Tigray, Report for VLM