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Antrim - Event Notice
Saturday March 05 2011
01:00 PM

éirígí mark International Women’s Day

category antrim | history and heritage | event notice author Wednesday March 02, 2011 20:42author by éirígí - éirígí Report this post to the editors

A day of éirígí-organised events in Belfast has been announced for Saturday, March 5, to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
International Women's Day 2011
International Women's Day 2011

Saturday, March 5

1pm, Milltown cemetery, Falls Road
A tour of female revolutionaries' graves will take place, given by republican ex-prisoner and tour guide Pádraic Mac Coitir.

8pm, Suffolk Inn, Suffolk Road
'Revolutionary Women' social evening, with music, political readings from inspirational women, and main speaker éirígí Dublin City councillor Louise Minihan.

Bígí linn.

Related Link: http://www.eirigi.org
author by Bridgetpublication date Sat Mar 05, 2011 21:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

...éirígí could mark International Women's Day by putting some women on its national executive? Seven out of the seven elected at January's Ard Fheis were men. Is there any other Irish political party that can claim this dubious achievement?

Related Link: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest240111.html
author by Concernedpublication date Sun Mar 06, 2011 15:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Are eirigi pro choice?

author by Photographer.publication date Sun Mar 06, 2011 19:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Five of the women on that poster are recognisable.

I expect that Eirigi asked permission off their families that the photos of their loved ones be used as political propaganda for Eirigi.

Not a chance methinks.

(It was our own Columkille who created "copyright" law after all.)

author by anonymous scaredy catpublication date Sun Mar 06, 2011 20:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Pro-choice what do you mean? I think their choice was to be free of British imperialism.
Do you mean were unborn children legitimate targets? You'd have to ask them.
The issue of abortion crosses both right and left hardly a litmus test for right on politics.

In my experience of being in the activist scene in Ireland there weren't very few women involved
in meetings around Reclaim the Streets, anarchist movement, WSM membership etc.
You'd have tor research why this is/ was the case in Ireland.
Women seemed to be in larger numbers in the peace movement in England and esewhere in the '80's for example.

There are liberal feminists like Hillary Clinton that use feminsim to justfy the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
There are radical feminists who oppose the invasion of Afghanistan.
There was Margaret Thatcher whose policies towards Ireland were ruthless.
There's the Queen visintg soon who is a woman and head of the British state.

Feminsim doesn't progress until it moves on from beating the male guilt drum
Black liberation doesn't progress until it moves on from beating the white guilt drum
Gay liberation doesn't progress until it moves on from beating the straight guil drum

Thankfully some femisists, people of color and gays have moved on.
Time to get out of the ghetto even if it seves as as a comfort zone

It's up to you to decide if this event is merely opportunism or a small party piece Irish Republican contrubution to the day. Looks ok to me.

author by Engineer.publication date Sun Mar 06, 2011 21:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"In my experience of being in the activist scene in Ireland."

Do "activists" improve Microsoft or Apple or Google?

author by Feminist Socialistpublication date Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's a reasonable question where Eírigí, as a supposedly revolutionary socialist group (which should make them feminist by definition), stand on the issue of women's reproductive rights and why their national leadership is composed entirely of men.

Anonymous Scaredy Cat's rather bizarre and ultra-defensive ramblings notwithstanding.

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