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Socialist-Feminism & the work of ROSA

This is a discussion document written for a ROSA national meeting in April of 2016. It documents some of the work of ROSA in the last three years and makes the case for socialist-feminism. ROSA was established in March 2013 by women in the Socialist Party, and has subsequently flourished into a broad-based activist group in Dublin, with fledgling groups in Cork and Limerick and supporters further afield. It’s acronym stands for Reproductive rights, against Oppression Sexism & Austerity, and it’s open to anyone who supports this message to get involved in. ROSA is named …

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Poland, Ireland & the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Choose

ROSA member, Diana O’Dwyer, recently visited feminist and socialist activists in Warsaw and Krakow for International Women’s Day on a trip organised by the sister organisation of the Socialist Party, Alternatywa Socjalistyczna. In some ways, the struggle for abortion rights in Poland seems to be moving in the opposite direction to here but there are also many parallels between the two countries. She writes here about what we can learn from the Polish struggle for abortion rights. In Poland, the dominance of the Catholic Church has grown along with the restoration of capitalism in the …

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General Election Results Show We Must Build a People Power Movement to Repeal the 8th

The routing of Renua in February’s General Election is an example of the rejection of backward and rightwing politics by the electorate. An Amnesty/Red C poll released just after the General Election shows that 73% of people want there to be a repeal 8 referendum. The poll also is an indication of the continued growth in support for abortion rights, including 90% believing that women’s health must be the priority in any reform of abortion laws, and 68% agreeing that the current law is “cruel and inhumane”.  Despite the shift away from the establishment in …

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Report on Limerick City & County GE Candidates Debate: Women’s Rights

We had a great public meeting quizzing the candidates on their positions on a number of women’s issues. In attendance was 2 out of 3 women standing for Limerick (Jan O’Sullivan TD, Labour Party and Sarah Jane Hennelly, Social Democrats) and only 1 out of 16 men (Cian Prendiville, Anti Austerity Alliance).  A ROSA activist asked the candidates their position on Fine Gael’s citizen’s convention. If they were in government, whether a minority party or not, would they hold a referendum to repeal not amend the 8th amendment? All of the candidates replied yes – …

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Repealing the 8th & Women’s Emancipation today

This article was originally produced for the political journal of the Socialist Party, Socialist Alternative. The author is Aprille Scully, a ROSA activist who has helped to establish a new ROSA group in Limerick. In the last number of years there has been a significant shift in the attitudes of people in the South towards the issue of abortion, particularly in the aftermath of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, in late October 2012. There is growing pressure on the political establishment to repeal the 8th Amendment to the constitution that was inserted 1983. APRILLE …

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