ADAPT Academic Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer features in Irish Independent Examining EU Directive on Violence Against Women and Ongoing Challenges in Defining Rape

31 January 2024

ADAPT Academic and Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, recently shared insights in the Irish Independent regarding the EU’s first directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The article highlights the absence of a legal definition for the crime of rape in this directive, as several countries, including Ireland, failed to reach an agreement.

Research for this article forms part of Prof. Ohlymeyer new ERC VOICES project on the lived experiences of early modern Irish women during times of peace and war. The five-year European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project, led by Professor Ohlmeyer, commenced in September 2023 and is hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Department of History and the Science Foundation Ireland ADAPT Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin.

VOICES aims to recover and examine the voices and experiences of ‘ordinary,’ non-elite women in early modern Ireland. Positioned within the broader British, European, and Atlantic context, the project explores how women in Ireland responded to transformative processes such as proto-globalisation, state formation, confessionalisation, warfare, commercialisation, and environmental change. This approach enables a comparative, connected, and entangled exploration of their experiences.

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