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Enough is Enough, Repeal the Eighth Amendment

Another day, another revelation about the Irish state’s archaic, misogynistic and unbearably cruel treatment of a rape victim, pregnant as a result of her ordeal – 22 years ago it was a 14 year old girl – today we know she’s young, a migrant with unclear status in Ireland and lacking in fluent English. Nothing has changed with the passing of “The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act”. Incremental change, dressed up as progress is not good enough. We have to end the whole premise of the equating of a grown woman or girl’s life, …

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History: “We want bread, but we want roses too!”

By Diana O’Dwyer The 1912 strike in the textile mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, known as the Bread and Roses strike, was one of the most important industrial struggles of the 20th century. Conditions in the huge industrial sweatshops and surrounding tenements were so horrific that one in three workers died of malnutrition or disease before the age of 25. Child labour was also a normal part of the capitalist labour process, with children toiling alongside their mothers in workplaces largely made up of young female migrants from more than fifty countries. Yet amidst all this …

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Time to Build a Powerful Movement for Equality The misogynistic massacre of Santa Barbara, California is yet another horrific expression of a society that is based on the constant oppression of women. However, this expression of hatred also triggered a massive backlash.  A storm of tweets around the Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen showed not only deep rooted anger but also the potential to build a powerful mass movement against sexism. The enormous outcry reveals that, together, we DO have the power to resist hate crimes against women, end domestic violence, and fight for equal rights in workplaces …

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Rape Culture & capitalism

The vile gang-rape of a 23 year old student in Delhi, India and her resultant death in December 2012 has brought the social scourge of rape into sharp focus. Horrifically, this particular case was in no way out of the ordinary in its nature or severity. What made it exceptional was the explosive response to the travesty – the “rage against rape” that brought masses of women as well as of men opposed to the huge prevalence of rape and sexual violence perpetrated in the main against women and children, onto the streets in outrage. …

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One year of ROSA

By Laura Fitzgerald A new survey across 28 EU member states indicates that one in three women have experienced a form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15. Male violence against women is pandemic, an enormous public health issue, and an ongoing reflection and perpetuation of the continued oppression of women in capitalist society. ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity) was initiated by female Socialist Party activists one year ago in an era of capitalist crisis. With the disproportionately damaging effect on women of austerity well-documented; this crisis also …

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