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Free Pussy Riot Solidarity Protest Dublin

Solidarity protest to show support for the three members of the punk feminist group Pussy Riot currently on trial in Russia. Show support for anti-government protesters in Russia and the right to free speech and for demonstrations to ciriticise the church or state. Protest organised by Socialist Youth, all welcome who wish to express solidarity with Pussy Riot. Video © Paula Geraghty 2012

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Challenging the Rule of the 1% Super-rich

The global capitalist crisis affects girls and women especially harshly. The World Bank estimates that a 1% fall in economic output increases infant mortality by 7.4 deaths per 1,000 girls against 1.5 for boys. Similarly the crisis has resulted in a 29% fall in primary school completion for girls globally, and a corresponding 22% fall for boys. In the richest country in the world, the US, 17 million women were living in poverty in 2011, and 12.6 million men. The inequality is despicable – and so is the enormous poverty and destruction of living standards that the profit system is bestowing upon the majority of women, men, children and young people of the …

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Abortion Rights in The “Age of Austerity”

Austerity is the robbing the poor to pay the debts of the rich. The role and position of women in the family and society means that they are especially vulnerable to the impact of attacks on social services and on the lower paid. Women are the primary carers for the young, the old and sick. 86% of childcare is carried out by women and 82% of care to the elderly. Cuts to social and educational services such as home help hours, respite care, special needs assistants in schools, reductions in public beds in nursing homes …

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Rape Culture & Capitalism

Slutwalk

According to a report commissioned by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in 2002, 42% of women have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Despite this epidemic level of violence only 7.8% of women reported these experiences to Gardaí. This is even more horrifying when we consider that only 7% of reported rapes end in a conviction. Thisarises in the context of what has been deemed “rape culture”, a culture that trivialises rape and seeks to make survivors of sexual abuse responsible for the crimes perpetrated against them by questioning their mode of dressing, …

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X is Not Enough, Fight for Repeal Abortion Rights now

Savita Pro Choice Protest

For the first time ever, an Irish government has been forced to consider abortion legislation – a historic step – but under the severe restrictions of the Constitution. The legislation would Include abortion where a woman’s life is at immediate risk, but possibly narrowing the threat of suicide as grounds to only include women who can prove definite suicide intent. It will still possibly exclude women with fatal foetal conditions. It would definitely exclude victims of rape and incest and women with medical conditions whose health is endangered by pregnancy. The tragic Death of Savita …

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