On 19th May 2012, the Irish Feminist Network held its first ever conference. The rationale behind the conference consisted of the need to document the current resurgence in feminist activism in Ireland, while also situating this resurgence within the wider context of the history and potential future of Irish feminist movements. The conference was themed “Feminist Activism in Ireland: Past, Present and Future.” In order to do this broad topic justice, we structured the conference in terms of successive feminist ‘waves’ in Ireland, and were fortunate to have an amazing line-up of speakers. There were panels on the first, second and third waves of feminist activism, and keynote addresses by prominent politician, Mary Lou McDonald, and women’s migrant rights activist, Salome Mbugua from AkiDwA.
The IFN Book Club, managed by the awesome Lisa Wixtard, is one of our most regular and long running events. If you’re looking to get involved or just meet some keen IFNers, coming along to the monthly book club is a great way to do it!
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm in Accents Tea & Coffee Lounge on Stephen Street in the City Centre. The book for each meeting is decided at the previous one based on member suggestions and we try to strike a balance between fiction and non-fiction.
Don’t feel you have to have read the book to attend! Discussion of the book usually lapses into more general discussion of the issues raised by the book to the delight of all present. Here’s a list of what we’ve read in the past to give you an idea of what we’re about…
Tuesday, December 6th, 7pm at Accents Tea & Coffee Lounge, Stephen Street to discuss
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