When: 10am – 5pm, Saturday, May 19th
Where: Sean O’Casey Community Centre, Dublin 3 (map)
Why: To assess where the feminist movement is today, what its future holds, and what we can learn from the past
Facebook Event link here
The IFN invites you to an all-day event on the theme ‘Feminist Activism in Ireland: Past, Present and Future’ to be held on Saturday, May 19th.
Join us for discussions on successive feminist ‘waves’ in Ireland, and what they contributed and continue to contribute to gender equality in this country.
The conference aims to create a dialogue between the different generations of feminists, and will place current campaigns in the context of the movement as a whole. While showcasing new, recently established feminist organisations, the conference will also assess the continuity of feminist activism over the decades. We hope that such a holistic reading of feminist activism in Ireland will prove fruitful for the future progression of the movement.
The conference will be structured chronologically, focusing on the first wave of feminist activism in Ireland, the second wave, newly formed feminist organisations and the future of the movement.
10 - 10.30: Registration/Coffee
10.30 - 10.45: Introduction by Dr. Clara Fischer, Irish Feminist Network, and Poetry Reading by Catherine Phil
10.45 - 11: Keynote Address I: Mary Lou McDonald, TD and Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin
11 - 11.45: Feminist Activism in Ireland: The First Wave
Dr. Mary McAuliffe, President, Women’s History Association of Ireland, and UCD Women's Studies
Dr. Margaret Ward, Director of Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Belfast
Mamo McDonald, Honorary president of Age and Opportunity, former president of the Irish
Chair: Dr. Mary Cullen, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, TCD, and co-founder of the
Women’s History Assocation of Ireland
11.45 - 12.15: Q&A
12.15 - 1: Feminist Activism in Ireland: The Second Wave
Grainne Healy, Chairwoman of Marriage Equality
Susan McKay, author, journalist, founder member of the Belfast Rape Crisis Network, and former
CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
Anne Speed, founding member of Irish Women United, Socialist and Trade Unionist
Chair: Anthea McTiernan, Editor of The Ticket, The Irish Times
1 - 1.30: Q&A
1.30 - 2.15: Lunch
2:15 - 2.30: Keynote Address II: Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwA
2.30 - 3.15: Feminist Activism in the Present: Recent Developments
Alison Spillane, Irish Feminist Network
Dr. Jennifer DeWan, Cork Feminista
Emma Brannlund, NUIG Feminist Society
Chair: Ailbhe Smyth, Feminist Open Forum
3.15 - 3.45: Q&A
3.45 - 4.30: Feminist Activism in the Future: Thematic Groups
Feminism in the University
Feminism and Reproductive Rights
Feminism and Migrant Women’s Rights
Feminism and Young People
Feminism and Gendered Economic Inequality
4.30 - 5: Facilitated Discussion on Thematic Groups & Close
We hope to see you there!
We have managed to secure limited childcare facilities for this event, and places are reserved specifically for lone parents. They will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate infants. Information on the facilities here. ***Childcare cancelled due to lack of demand***
For any other special requirements, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you as best possible.
Tickets for this event available from here: http://entertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/126524819/events
Further information on how to get there:
The Centre is located only 5 minutes away from the Luas Spencer Dock Station. Further details available from here:
The Centre is serviced by the 151 Bus, which leaves from Eden Quay. Further details from here:
One of our co-ordinators, Emma, will be meeting folks at 9.30am at the Spire on O'Connell Street to get the Luas to the Centre. Please join her if you feel unsure of where you're going.
The Centre has a car park, and there is also ample on-street parking in the area that people can avail of. To figure out the route from wherever you are, check out google maps and click 'get directions':http://g.co/maps/6mwvc
Any questions? Contact us on email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 9th 2011
The Irish Feminist Network has condemned the measures contained in the Social Welfare Bill 2011 which, they say, amount to an attack on women and children.
Co-ordinator Alison Spillane said, “While we welcome the Minister’s decision to remove the sections relating to cuts and changes to the Disability Allowance, this Bill still contains a number of extremely regressive measures which will make life even more difficult for thousands of people and serve to decrease domestic demand and stifle the economy further”.
“The changes to the One-Parent Family Payment, the reductions in Child Benefit for large families, the withdrawal of the multiple births grant, and the extension of means testing to HSE home helpers amount to a vicious assault on women and children, particularly those who are less well-off”, Ms Spillane said.
“We call on all TDs to take a stand for women and children and vote against the Social Welfare Bill 2011 in the Dáil today.”
In general Budget 2012 shows a continuation the same failed policies pursued by the Fianna Fáil/Green Party administration. The claim that this Budget is about ‘jobs, reform, and fairness’ does not stand up to the slightest analysis – the proposals it contains are short-sighted and poorly thought out. Austerity in isolation will not create either jobs or growth. In fact, the measures contained in Budget 2012 will take, at least, a further 15,000 jobs out of the economy – this strategy is non-sensical.
“Furthermore, women’s groups throughout the country will be disproportionately affected by the decision to cut funding to the National Women’s Council by 35% even though the resultant savings will have virtually no impact on the deficit.”
“The government had real choices in this budget. For example, introducing a third band of income tax on incomes over €100,000 could raise €760 million for the Exchequer and a temporary levy on corporate profits could yield nearly €900 million. Instead, they have chosen to focus on consumption taxes, such as the VAT increase, which are the most regressive form of taxation and will disproportionately impact on low income groups. This budget is an affront to the notion of equality.”
Next Book Club: November 1st. The book: Backlash by Susan Faludi
The next meeting of the IFN Book Club takes place at 7pm on Tuesday November 1st at Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge, Lower Stephen Street. This month’s book is Susan Faludi’s ‘Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women’.
To find out more join the IFN Book Club group on Facebook and all are welcome to join (even if you don’t get a chance to read the book!). You can also click attending on the event here.
What: Discussion of Susan Faludi’s ‘Backlash’ at the IFN Book Club
When: Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm
Where: Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge, 23 Lower Stephen Street
Accents is located just off Stephen’s Green, their Facebook page is here and website here. Directions walking from Stephens Green shopping centre here.
The Irish Feminist Network invites you to their One-Year Anniversary celebrations where we discuss ‘Is feminism relevant?’
RSVP on Facebook
The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Friday, September 30th 2011
7pm – 10pm
Speakers on the evening:
Susan McKay – CEO, National Women’s Council of Ireland
Emma O’Kelly – Education and Science Correspondent, RTE
Ailbhe Smyth – Co-convenor of the Feminist Open Forum, Chair of the National Lesbian & Gay Federation
Join us to celebrate a year of the IFN as we launch a new website and outline our plans for the future of the organisation.
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