*UPDATE* There is a rally in Belfast on Reclaim the Agenda, which is taking place on 7th March and Unite members are planning to meet on the steps of St Anne’s Cathedral at 1.15 pm so we can all march behind the Unite Women’s banner together.
Given that International Women’s Day is almost upon us, it’s as good a time as any to give an update on the Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th.
Last Thursday, the 26th of February, the campaign got International Women’s day off to an early start with the first Coalition to Repeal the 8th fundraiser. We held a quiz, had a full house and managed to raise €900! Prizes were kindly donated by Connolly Books, Abortion Rights Campaign and we had signed copies of books by Paula Meehan, Evelyn Conlon, Mary McAuliffe, Liz McManus, Siobhan Parkinson and Theo Dorgan.
The CWU Youth Committee AGM, also held on the 26th February, also voted unanimously to support the campaign to repeal the 8th.
A motion was also passed by the AGM of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown IMPACT branch. It will now go to the Divisional Conference in May where we hope, for the first time, it will become policy of the IMPACT Local Government Division to seek the Repeal of the 8th Amendment.
Others who have affiliated since the campaign’s inception are Bray and District Trade Council, Mandate, Unite the Union, ICTU Youth, Dublin Trades Council and the Waterford Council of Trade Unions.
The campaign was also out in force on the 4th of February in support Clare Daly’s TFMR bill following on from our first banner outing on the 17th of December outside the Dail supporting Clare Daly’s move to repeal the 8th Amendment. We had two speakers from the TU campaign who did us proud at the rally; Laura Duggan of Unite and Mandy LaCombre of Mandate.
In order to keep up the momentum and make the most of International Women’s week please find a list of events below, some of which will have speakers from the Coalition and Trade Union Campaign.
Wednesday 4th March
Action for Choice: Conversations for Choice – ‘NO FREEDOM TO TRAVEL: Migrant Women’s Access to Abortion and Reproductive Health Services in Ireland’ with Dr Pauline Conroy (Social Analyst), Sancha Magat (MRCI), Salome Mbugua (AkiDwa), Doris Abich Ohonda (Cairde) 6.30 pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.
Friday 6th March
Femsoc Maynooth: Protest Joan Burton’s visit to Maynooth. 10:00 am at John Paul II Library, St Patricks College, Maynooth.
Medical Students for Choice: Practicing Choice. Speakers from Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Abortion Rights Campaign Doctors for Choice, 6.00 pm in the Davis Theatre, TCD, Dublin 2 (part of TCD Equality International Women’s Week events)
Saturday 7th March
12 noon – 4pm NWCI: Soapbox outside the Central Bank (with pro-choice and many other speakers)
1.30 pm ROSA: Repeal the 8th Protest Rally at The Spire, O’Connell Street
2.00 pm Women in the Water Resistance Speakers: Ann Farrelly (Swords), Cat Inglis (Dublin North-East), Jessica Hughes (Finglas), Carole Watson Purcell (Tallaght). Chairperson: Betty Purcell in James Connolly House, 43 East Essex Street.
2.30 pm Pink Ladies: The Pink Ladies Protest at The Spire, O’Connell Street (with pro-choice and many other speakers)
Sunday 8th March
The Workers Party: Take Back the City: Reclaim the Bridges. Starting at 1.00 pm on the Capel Street Bridge. Among the ‘renamings’ will be Butt Bridge, to be ‘renamed’ as the Bridge of Choice.