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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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Can society be rid of anti-gay prejudice?

After decades and more of courageous and determined campaigning by sections of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, same-sex civil partnership and marriage are being won in one Western European country after another. It lends legitimacy to the natural optimism that acceptance of gay sexuality is on an exponential upward curve. Perhaps something undreamed of by nineteenth and twentieth century apologists, who argued heads bowed for society’s tolerance of the ‘affliction’ of homosexuality, could actually come to pass, that people could have the freedom to choose their intimate relationships and family arrangements free …

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Abortion Rights The International Picture

The denial of free, legal and safe abortion is an urgent global issue. Over 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe illegal abortion, making it the leading cause of maternal death internationally. Women are driven to take the deadly risk of dangerous back street abortion for many reasons, mainly that abortion is outlawed in their country or where it is permitted they cannot afford to avail of one safely. When abortion rates of countries where the procedure is illegal are compared to those where it is legal, the figures are similar – banning abortion …

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A breach of trust – children’s needs before profits

The nation watched in horror as the shocking truth about what happens behind closed doors at our privately owned crèches unfolded on Prime Time. Disturbing images of children being mistreated have enraged parents up and down the country, and all for some of the highest child care costs in Europe. Already burdened, Irish families fork out 29% of their family net income on childcare more than double the European average of 13%.  “A Breach of Trust” exposed the extreme failure by the state to regulate and inspect the ran for profit child care system that …

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