The murder of Ashling Murphy, an elementary school teacher in Coofley on Wednesday, has inspired widespread discussion about women’s safety. Women’s experiences and attitudes about maltreatment and violence have been discussed on social media as a result of her death.
Ms Murphy was out for a run at a canal intersection just outside Tullamore on Wednesday afternoon when she was fatally attacked. A 40-year-old man is in custody at Tullamore Garda station.
For Brigid, originally from Tullamore in Co Offley, the path Ms Murphy was killed in was “a familiar walking and running area” that she often took when she lived and worked locally. Was.
“It will be a fairly safe area to walk in. Women used to go there a lot. , , Young women are exercising,” she said.
The brigade was “shocked” to hear the news of a young woman’s death while jogging in the area. “It gave rise to many familiar feelings of anger and anxiety in me. We should be safe going out for a walk in broad daylight. . . We shouldn’t be constantly looking after us. But that’s the way it is,” she said.
Brigid said she often worried about her daughter, who is a nurse in Dublin, and who “often changes her way out of the hospital every day, especially if she has a late shift”.
The Co Offaly incident reminded him of the case of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in London last spring. Everard was kidnapped and killed by a Metropolitan Police officer while she was on her way home from a friend’s house.
“It’s a mine. Every woman is saying it’s men’s problem. Men should raise their voices for the safety of their daughters, wives and mothers.”
Fear of street violence was “always there” for the brigade, and it has recently stopped running on its own at the local level.
“I don’t know what women could possibly do differently. It is the justice system that needs to change, and it is men who need to be treated unfairly,” she said.
In Ms. Murphy’s case, many noted that there was nothing she could have done differently. She was going for a walk at 4 o’clock in the evening in a well-lit and well-known area.
Niamh Nick Gabon, a lecturer at the University of Limerick with an interest in the history of public space, said she was amazed at how many people mentioned that Ms Murphy was “in the right place at the right time”.
“It shows how aware we are of what we think about in the wrong place and the wrong time. We need to start thinking about whether we can protect women in our cities, countryside and infrastructure. are building,” she said.
Dr Nick Gabhan said it was important for those involved in the design and planning of public spaces to “listen to the experiences of people who have experienced gender-based violence, racial violence and violence based on sexual orientation.
“If you’re in charge of designing a new walkway or cycle path . . . you need to start by understanding how that will feel for different types of people in terms of safety.”
Cindy Joyce, a traveler’s rights activist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limerick, said she would pay tribute to Murphy by lighting a candle at the time of her death and participating in a local watchdog.
“Women need to support each other at this time. It feels like we are never safe,” said Dr Joyce.
She has previously researched young people’s experiences in public places and the strategies they use to get out of difficult encounters. Reflecting on Ms. Murphy’s case, Dr. Joyce said it was unfair that women are often given the responsibility to come up with strategies for protection.
“It should be up to our politicians and our curriculum in schools so that girls can grow up without any fear. , , The feeling of fear women experience when we are just going for a walk or a run, the fact that we have to bring a set of keys or walk on particular routes or change directions to get to work, this Not everything is acceptable. They don’t even pop into the minds of most men.”
Meanwhile, women’s groups have called for “zero tolerance” to all forms of violence against women in the wake of Murphy’s death.
‘Violence and abuse’
Sarah Benson, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said Ms. Murphy’s death “is a shocking example of the threat to women by violent men. We extend our deepest condolences to Ashling’s family, friends and community. The Murder of Women Ireland”. And is the extreme end of a spectrum of violence and abuse that happens every day around the world.”
Women’s Aid is a national organization working to prevent and address the effects of domestic violence and abuse. It has held the record for violent deaths of women in Ireland since 1996.
According to the group, 244 women have been murdered since then, with 87 percent of the cases being solved by a person known to the victim; 13 percent of the perpetrators were strangers.
“While the murder of women by strangers is rare, they highlight the climate of fear in which women live our lives,” Ms Benson said.
Ireland’s National Council for Women (NWC) has organized a wake-up call in memory of Ms Murphy outside the Dell at 4pm on Friday.
“Tomorrow at 4 p.m., when Ashling was murdered, we will hold a watch to remember Ashling and support all those who know and love her. Women in our homes and in our communities must be safe,” the council said. said.
People were encouraged to bring flowers or candles and were asked to respect current public health guidance regarding COVID-19.