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A socialist perspective on the sex industry & prostitution

With governments North and South considering changing the laws relating to prostitution, Laura Fitzgerald makes a contribution to the debate surrounding the sex industry and gives her views on what approach socialists should take to it The sex industry represents one of the biggest growing legal and illegal industries in the world. Prostitution, as well as the sex industry as a whole, must be considered in the light of the reality of gender and class oppression and inequality under capitalism as it exists. The majority of those who sell sex are female, and the vast …

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Wexford Women’s Refuge must remain open

Wexford Women's Refuge Protest

The refuge offers vital services to one of the most vulnerable sections in our society, women and children who have been victims of abuse and violence in the home. Yet, the residents were told they will have to leave as the refuge will be closing from the 1st September and for 3 months, with vague and uncertain plans to re-open in the winter. ROSA activist Eleni Vetsika said “Women who have had to run away from home under horrific circumstances, who have had to hide to protect themselves and their children are becoming victims once …

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Death of woman after late termination highlights again the need for abortion rights in Ireland

Responding to the news of the death in London last year of a woman who was resident in Ireland after a late termination Councillor Ruth Coppinger of the ROSA Campaign said: “The horrendous circumstances of this death even based on the little we know highlight again the consequences of women being denied their right to make choices over their own bodies. According to the dead woman’s partner she was refused a termination when she was informed of the high risk of miscarriage. She also endured complications in a previous pregnancy arising from fibroids. “Having being …

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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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