Above from left: Keishia Taylor, ROSA, Aisling Cusack, USI vice president for Equality & Citizenship, Ruth Coppinger TD, Leona O’Callaghan, survivor of sexual violence and Neil Moore, organiser, Unite the Union.
A meeting of trade and student unions calling for people to ‘take it to the streets’ on International Women’s Day, March 8, on the issue of the gender pay gap, sexual violence and the judicial system.
Leona O’Callaghan, who was raped when she was 13, told the meeting:
“Only a few months ago I stood in an Irish court where my abuser’s defence were permitted to indicate that I, as a child, had given a sign of consent because I did not physically fight back on those rapes.
The judge was asked to take this as a mitigating factor. A child cannot consent.
…The lack of moral compass in the legal, school, government and judicial systems does not represent the morality of our country.”
The tale of Margaret Kehoe, fatally injured on April 24th, 1916, while helping the wounded during that day’s rising effort.
Jane Lawrenson writes:
The video was produced by bigOmedia for the Ireland2016 team. It was directed by Kate Dolan and had an almost all female creative team working on it. It was made for International Women’s Day and for the launch of the 1916 Women’s programme.
Olga Wehry  and Amy DeBhrún  are the featuring actors. The video focuses on the differences and similarities between two women 100 years apart. It honours the women of 1916 while celebrating the women who are creating the Ireland of tomorrow.
Ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow, Minister for Social Protecton Joan Burton (centre) helped launched a new android app developed by Safe Ireand to help keep women and children safe from domestic violence.
Last year an iPhone version of the app, which lists refuges, care workers, etc, for women in distress, was released
At the launch outside Leinster House, Dublin, today were, from left: Senator Susan O’Keeffe, Sioban O’Brien Green, of SAFE Ireland, Jacinta Carey, Chair SAFE Ireland and Senator Ivana Bacik.