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Historic victory for social progress: Landslide vote to repeal Ireland’s abortion laws

Statement by Solidarity TDs and Socialist Party members, Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry The dramatic and clear-cut ‘Yes’ in the referendum is a political earthquake and turning point for Ireland. It is a huge victory, particularly for women in Ireland, who have thrown off the oppression of the 8th Amendment after 35 years. No delay can now be ...

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International Women’s Day 2018: Capitalism oppresses women – fight for socialism!

The Committee For a Workers International (CWI) organises socialists across the globe. Over the days leading up to March 8th – International Women’s Day – the CWI web-site is carrying articles from around the world under #IWD : from Spain, Ireland, India, the USA, Britain, Brazil, Sweden and many other countries. It begins with the International Women’s Day 2018 statement from ...

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100 years since women won the vote

By Eleanor Donne It is 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It took years of struggle and the largest mobilisation of women in Britain’s history to achieve this partial victory (see below for limitations). Today women worldwide are taking to the streets, as well as social media, demanding an ...

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US: #Metoo shakes the system

By Kelly Bellin, Socialist Alternative (USA) Just a few months ago, detailed allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment first broke into the mainstream media. Courageous actresses took a stand against a powerful figure within a multi-billion dollar industry that normalizes sexism. This has sparked a new phase of a growing women’s movement which began with the explosive reaction to Trump’s ...

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Turmoil to the left and to the right across Europe

The Committee For A Workers International (to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) held the annual meeting of its International Executive Committee earlier this month. This is Matt Dobson’s report of the discussion on European Perspectives: The CWI IEC discussion on Europe reflected the political instability and upheaval seen this year across the continent. Tony Saunois from the International Secretariat ...

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Ireland: Socialist Party members play key role in landmark abortion rights decision

By Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD (member of parliament)   In a landmark decision in Ireland, a special parliamentary committee has recommended unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks – a measure that would cater for 92% of all abortions. A referendum to lift the 8th Amendment abortion ban and for abortion to be legalised for ...

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Theresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

By Meena Kandasamy Theresa May’s Frida Kahlo bracelet at Tory conference caused a lot of reactions for a lot of people, but it left me feeling cold, and a little anxious. It was certainly off-putting and tasteless for a Tory politician to try to pull off a radical/human/progressive face. But to me, it was worrying because of what it signals for ...

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New documentary asks women how their bodies are sexualised and policed

By Helen Pattison A new production, Tits, by Lily Levin and Tristan Bell, is a series of interviews filmed with people discussing body image, personal experiences and their feelings around their top halves. The Socialist spoke to Lily, producer and Socialist Party member, about the project. “Tits is about body image. And the way that bodies are portrayed in the ...

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Women and austerity – scrap the ‘rape clause’

The austerity measures implemented since 2010 have disproportionately affected women. Specialist services for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence have been decimated, cutting off lifelines for many. Now, as a supposed protection against their vicious benefit cuts, the Tories have implemented a ‘rape clause’. This is an exception allowing benefits to be claimed for more than two children ...

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