A MALE cyclist unwittingly (or driven by primal, patriarchal impulses) photobombs demonstrators at an International Women’s Day protest organised by Time4Equality, an International Women’s Day coalition including Unite the Union, Union of Students Ireland, ROSA and Ruth Coppinger TD.
Despite many promises of more balance, men still far outnumber women in senior decision-making roles of the civil service. Women make up less than 15% of Secretary Generals; less than 33% of assistant secretaries and 40% at principal officer grade. #IWD19#InternationalWomensDay
To coincide with International Women’s Day, Three, sponsor of the Republic of Ireland and supporter of the 20X20 movement present a video (above) highlighting the perceived differences how men and women in sport are described.
Featuring Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Irish international and Arsenal defender Louise Quinn, the video highlights some of the most commonly used words to describe women in sport that are generally not used for men.
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor at a NWCI conference
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor spoke at the launch of the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in 3rd level Education Conference.
Her contribution came a day before International Women’s Day which is tomorrow.
Sarah Burns, in The Irish Times, reports:
International Women’s Day is in danger of becoming “what holy days used to be” and “a chance to skive off with friends”, the Minister of State for Higher Education has said.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she thinks the annual occasion, which takes place on Friday, needs to be repurposed in order to achieve “our objectives”.
“The problem as I see it is that International Women’s Day is in danger of becoming what holy days used to be when we were going to school back in the day, a chance to skive off with friends and to have no homework for that day,” she said.
Shamelessly bare-headed First Lady Sabina Higgins joins an International Women’s Day breakfast hosted by the Muslim Sisters of Éire, including from left (top row) Sabina Syed, Chair Lorraine O’Connor and Aisha Al, all dressed in hijabs to maintain modesty and privacy from ‘unrelated males’.
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.