MEP Deirdre Clune and her Fine Gael colleagues in the European Parliament have warmly congratulated Women’s Aid on winning the European Citizen’s Prize 2021, following a nomination by the MEPs for the charity’s “Too Into You” campaign.
“I am delighted that Women’s Aid has won this prestigious award in recognition of its innovative #TooIntoYou campaign and our Fine Gael delegation was proud to nominate it. The pandemic highlighted how the online world can be a lifeline, but is not without risk. More online social interaction has seen an increase in online intimate relationship abuse, 3 in 5 young people have experienced such abuse themselves or know someone who has. The campaign helped young people to spot the 10 key danger signs of intimate relationship abuse and shared the stories of young women who experienced abuse. It is vital that we show those suffering such abuse that we stand with them and that help is available.” said Deirdre Clune, MEP for the constituency of Ireland South.
The #TooIntoYou campaign was a National Public Information and Awareness Campaign on intimate relationship abuse among young people aged 18-25 run by Women’s Aid to reach the one in five young women who need support due to the heightened risk of intimate relationship abuse, including online abuse, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The European Citizens’ Prize is given in recognition of exceptional achievements in promoting EU values or cross-border cooperation, and will be presented to Women’s Aid at a public ceremony in the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Dublin. The European Parliament will host a second ceremony in Brussels in November for all laureates from across the EU. This will be in conjunction with the 2020 ceremony, which was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.