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
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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
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