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This afternoon.

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1

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.

Typical, really.

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There you go now.

Earlier: The Vest A Man Can Get

Illustration: Human Resources Management

For the day that’s in it.

Diarmaid Walsh writes:

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 

Earlier today.

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.

International Women’s Day becoming a ‘chance to skive off’ – Minister (Sarah Burns, The Irish Times)

#ItStopsNow – Working together we can end sexual harassment and violence on campus (National Women’s Council of Ireland)

Pic: National Women’s Council of Ireland

This morning.

Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.

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’.

As they are perfectly entitled to do.


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.

This morning/afternoon

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.”

Victim of rape urges mass demonstration on International Women’s Day (Independent.ie)


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Female  members of the Dáil and Seanad with artist Noel Murphy.

As part of the Votáil100 campaign to mark the 100 years of women’s’ suffrage, Noel  has produced a portrait featuring all 53 female members of the Dáil and Seanad.

Noel has also placed Countess Markievicz in the painting, “connecting the first woman elected to parliament, with the contemporary women who had followed her”.


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A card from the Poland Embassy to celebrate International Women’s Day

Ted writes:

Polish Embassy in Dublin has Saoirse Ronan right up there with Nobel Prize winners Marie Curie and Wislawa Szymborska, and even Constance Markievicz on their International Women’ Day graphic.

She is a good actress in fairness…


Poland Embassy (Facebook)