Organisers of a demonstration highlighting violence against women have said they will follow coronavirus guidelines.
The feminist group ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity) has organised a protest in Dublin City Centre tomorrow.
It comes after London police clashed with protesters at a vigil in memory of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped and murdered earlier this month.
Her death has seen women in Ireland and elsewhere sharing their own stories of harassment and fear in public.
On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, former TD Ruth Coppinger said she organised tomorrow’s protest with ROSA “in sorrow and anger” at the murder.
This afternoon, ROSA activist Leah Whelan told Newstalk that organisers want the protesters to stick to public health guidelines.
“Women are tired of this treatment and we want to be able to channel this anger into some sort of rally and some sort of demonstration,” she said.
“Of course, we do have to be very careful of the COVID restrictions so we are advising that if it is within your 5km please come along then but otherwise, don’t break the restrictions.”
— ROSA - Socialist Feminist Movement (@RosaWomen) March 15, 2021
She said the protest is in response to the "misogyny" present in society.
“Women can’t wait any longer,” she said.
“Through the pandemic, in the last year or so, the threat of violence against women has skyrocketed 60% globally.
“We can’t wait anymore because if we do wait, then who is going to be there to come to our marches.”
Research published in the British Medical Journal last year found that a 60% increase in emergency calls from women subjected to violence by their intimate partner was reported across Europe’s World Health Organization member states.
Tomorrow’s protest is scheduled to go ahead in Dublin with further demonstrations due in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford on Thursday.
Gardaí said they do not comment on individual events but urged people to keep following COVID-19 guidelines.
Paul O’Donoghue and Michael Staines