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Mary McAleese keynote address for Yes Yes Campaign

Published: Friday, March 01, 2024

We are fortunate to have a written Constitution. It was carefully crafted almost ninety years ago so that we would know the political and social stability that comes from a trusted overarching formal and agreed code which delineates, among other...

Laura Cahillane: The ‘women in the home’ provision is hardly suitable for a modern Constitution

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Dr Laura Cahillane is an associate professor in law at the University of Limerick Let’s get one thing clear on Article 41.2 (the woman in the home provision); it does not give, and never has given, any rights to...

Why We Need Feminist Climate Justice

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

‘Feminist Communities for Climate Justice’ - a joint project between the National Women’s Council and Community Work Ireland - examines, reflects and responds to the voices and lived experiences of women and marginalised communities in...

Vicky Phelan - Keynote Speech at FemFest 2019

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2023

Your browser does not support the audio element.   I was invited today by the National Women's Council to talk. Because I am somehow seen as a leader in campaigning for better outcomes for women in healthcare, particularly in...

Constitutional change: how to bring feminist and disability perspectives together

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Why is constitutional change important?  I want to start by asking the question: to what extent constitutional change is important? In my view, when we consider our recent history, there have been times when strategic constitutional change has been...

Orla O’Connor: Why are so many Irish women still travelling to the UK for abortions?

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

At least 860 women travelled from Ireland to the UK to access abortion since the Eighth Amendment was repealed. Statistics released by the UK Department of Health and Social Care show that 85 women gave Irish addresses when...

Orla O’Connor: Properly valuing care is crucial to women’s equality

Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Across the span of our lifetimes, we are all likely to care for and receive care from others. Both are deeply meaningful and essential experiences.   This week, the Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality will announce whether they endorse...

Orla O’Connor: Every woman needs access to reproductive healthcare during her lifespan

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The past number of years have been transformative for women’s healthcare in Ireland.  Abortion is now available here at home. Budget 2023 has paved the way for a further roll out of the free contraception scheme. And there...

Orla O’Connor: Government must provide childcare and increase social welfare

Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2022

At 9.1% in June, inflation is at levels not experienced in almost 40 years. Each week brings news of further price increases, with inflation expected to top 10% this year. But the impact of soaring prices is not felt equally. We know from...

Orla O’Connor: We must recognise harassment for what it is – it is gender-based violence

Published: Thursday, December 10, 2020

This year has been like no other. As the global 16 Days of Action on violence against women end today, we know that domestic violence rose significantly during the COVID-19 restrictions.  Frontline services reported significant increases in calls to helplines...

Covid-19 hit women hard, now Budget 2021 must support women

Published: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Covid-19 impacted on every family in Ireland, through the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or the impact of lockdown, and the effects of this global pandemic will be with us all...

Orla O’Connor: Why is ending violence against women not an election issue?

Published: Sunday, February 02, 2020

One in four women in Ireland experience physical and sexual violence, yet we have heard precious little on the issue throughout this 2020 general election campaign.  While the nature of abuse means this may not be an issue that comes...

#FemGen 2020 - Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2020

As part of our #FemGen general election campaign 2020, NWCI has asked the party leaders of the main political parties to outline their commitment to women's equality by answering four questions.  Do you consider yourself a feminist? Yes. ...

#FemGen 2020 - Micheál Martin, Fianna Fáil

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2020

As part of our #FemGen general election campaign 2020, NWCI has asked the party leaders of the main political parties to outline their commitment to women's equality by answering four questions.  Do you consider yourself a feminist?  Absolutely...

#FemGen 2020 - Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2020

As part of our #FemGen general election campaign 2020, NWCI has asked the party leaders of the main political parties to outline their commitment to women's equality by answering four questions.  Do you consider yourself a feminist? Yes, I...

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