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cork / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday December 02, 2010 20:42 by Cork Feminista   image 1 image
Cork Feminista is hosting a Christmas Fundraiser Pub Quiz, SUNDAY 5th DECEMBER 2010 at 8pm, upstairs in Scott’s Bar on Caroline Street, Cork City. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Tuesday November 30, 2010 15:52 by Maura
The next FOF discussion will revolve around the current economic crisis, the budget and the affect it will have on women in work, healthcare, childcare and education.
Everyone welcome. read full story / add a comment
If you don't - there's some going free courtesy of FF & The Greens.
national / gender and sexuality / other press Saturday November 06, 2010 13:36 by circumscript   text 4 comments (last - sunday november 07, 2010 00:10)   image 2 images
Even if listeners to the home service of wireless RTE yesterday were the first to know, by now there's no inside knowledge or shame attached to the FF/Green coalition's latest solution for Ireland's ills.

Yep. We're talking smegma.

Of course none of the commercial press titles or paid journalists or even esteemed opposition deputies or presidential candidates will utter the word................

But free smegma is there for the having. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Wednesday October 27, 2010 19:39 by RAG   image 1 image
Rag celebrates the launch of our 5th annual magazine with a Queer Anarchafeminist Cabaret. Food, feminists reading magazines, dancing, music fun fun fun fun. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Friday October 22, 2010 18:09 by Dorothy Gale   image 1 image
Ari Up of The Slits has gone to the Great Gig in the Sky. Punks never die, they just pogo too high.
Full text at link.

THE DEATH of Ari Up aka Arianna Foster at 48 is a huge shock for her fans, not least because her musical career spanned 34 years until her death last Wednesday. The firebrand singer of UK punk band The Slits was an uncompromising innovator. At just 14, after meeting her fellow bandmates at a Clash gig in 1976, she set up an all-girl band and spearheaded the punk movement. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Sunday October 03, 2010 14:09 by Dorothy Gale
*Do the Trade Unions Belong to Women? *

*Thursday 14TH October at 7.30pm at: Exchange Dublin, Exchange St Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2*

*ALL WELCOME - Please come along and join in the discussion!* read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Friday September 24, 2010 13:41 by Farshad Hoseini
For Immediate Publication.

This is the second year that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence at the UN is causing a storm of international protests. Last year, it was primarily due to Neda Agha-Soltan’s murder in broad daylight at a Tehran protest and this year it is the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

Last year, under public pressure, Ahmadinejad outrageously declared that Neda had been killed by protestors rather than the regime’s own security forces. This year, he has outrageously announced that Sakineh was never sentenced to death by stoning. The reason for his absurd claim is not that there is any truth in it but because of the massive international protest movement against stoning and executions in Iran led by the International Committee against Stoning and the International Committee against Execution. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Tuesday September 07, 2010 22:12 by Goranka Gudel   text 2 comments (last - friday september 10, 2010 02:09)
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One Law for All Protest the Pope
7 September 2010

One Law for All is adding its support to Protest the Pope. Spokesperson, Maryam Namazie, will be speaking at the 18 September march and rally beginning at Hyde Park Corner at 1.30pm (www.protest-the-pope.org.uk).

One Law for All’s opposition to Sharia courts and religion’s adverse role in public life necessitates a criticism of the Pope and Vatican. Whilst the Pope is free to travel to meet his supporters, he cannot be free from criticism, particularly given that his visit is a state one and because of his and the Vatican’s regressive policies. Amongst other things, the Pope and Vatican are opposed to equal rights for women and homosexuals as well as condom distribution to AIDS-ravaged societies in Africa. They have refused to address many thousands of cases of child sex abuse and torture, deliberately perverting the course of justice in these cases, and moving predatory priests from location to location giving them the opportunity to re-offend. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Sunday September 05, 2010 14:52 by Mina Ahadi
For Immediate Release.

According to an open letter published today, September 3rd, by Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, son of Mrs. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, under the pretext of the publication in the London Times of a photo of a woman without Islamic hijab, Sakineh has been sentenced to 99 lashes on charges of spreading corruption and indecency.

On August 28, The Times mistakenly published a front page photo of a woman without Islamic hijab and attributed the image as that of Mrs. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. However, the photo was actually of another woman, Mrs. Susan Hejrat, a political activist living in Sweden. The photo of Mrs. Hejrat had been published earlier on a website along with her article about Sakineh. read full story / add a comment
cork / gender and sexuality / event notice Tuesday August 31, 2010 11:32 by Paul McAndrew
A discussion on the current state of affairs for women in Ireland and if feminism is still needed to achieve equality. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Saturday August 21, 2010 14:30 by John   text 1 comment (last - saturday august 21, 2010 19:48)
Civil Partnership excludes LGBT people from a fundamental civil and human right. Civil Partnership makes us second class citizens. Civil Partnership does not provide equality for LGBT people and their families. One of the most outrageous aspects of the partnership scheme is the complete lack of any rights for LGBT parents and their children. It offers no way for parents to create protected legal bonds with each other as parents or with their children. Civil Partnership denies parents the right to make educational and medical decisions regarding their children. It denies children of LGBT parents the right to inherit from their parents. Parents will be taxed as a couple but denied their parental rights as a couple. In the tragic event of a biological parent dying a child could be taken away from its other mom or dad. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Thursday August 19, 2010 14:59 by Mina Ahadi   text 2 comments (last - friday august 20, 2010 14:35)
For Immediate Publication.

According to a report disseminated by the International Committee against Execution, in addition to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, at least 21 others in the Islamic Republic's prisons are living with the nightmare of a stoning conviction. At any moment, their sentences could be implemented. These verdicts should be overturned immediately and this despicable punishment against humanity should be abolished everywhere and forever. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Friday August 06, 2010 21:22 by Mina Ahadi
For Immediate Publication.

Iran stoning case, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is at imminent risk of execution in Tabriz prison.

Moreover, her well known human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, is in prison in Turkey after having fled the country to evade arrest for his advocacy work. His wife remains in prison in Iran – held hostage – until he is remanded into the regime’s custody (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/?p=1652). Given Turkey’s close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mostafaei can face deportation back to Iran even though he has applied for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees there.

Campaigners are concerned about the safety of Mostafaei and his wife. We are also extremely concerned for Ashtiani’s life. The regime may be preparing to execute her within the next few days, particularly given that the Tabriz prosecutor has demanded her execution and is awaiting the Tehran high court’s confirmation (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/?p=1665). read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Monday July 26, 2010 17:17 by Paul McAndrew   text 1 comment (last - tuesday july 27, 2010 14:48)
Urgent! Attack on vital health provision for trans people in Ireland
The Labour councillor making the call for cuts. is Colm Keaveney . I've already spoken to him on this mobile number. It works. Got it from Labour website.
087-6776812 read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Thursday July 22, 2010 13:26 by Clara Zetkin   text 11 comments (last - friday august 27, 2010 22:52)
The ban on the wearing of the burqa is wrong. Just as it it is wrong to force women to wear the veil. The French Left have been found wanting. Full story at link.

The fact that only one French MP - a member of the rightwing UMP - voted against the ban on the burqa says it all.
On July 13, the bill prohibiting the “covering of the face in public” received the votes of 335 deputies. The bill does not specify Muslims or women, but everyone knows who the targets are - the less than 2,000 women in France who normally dress in the full-length burqa or niqab. After the law comes into force next year - it has yet to pass through the senate and may face a challenge in the constitutional court - those who continue to cover up will face a €150 fine and/or compulsory citizenship classes. Those who “force” a person to wear such attire could be looking at a €30,000 fine and a one-year jail sentence (the penalties will be even stiffer if a minor is made to cover their face). read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday July 22, 2010 10:12 by Choice Ireland
Choice Ireland will be holding the latest in a series of demos against the rogue crisis pregnancy agency WRC at 50 Upper Dorset Street this Saturday at 1pm.
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Monday June 28, 2010 23:00 by Raggydoll   image 1 image
Rag Presents:

A night of great music and fun featuring -
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international / gender and sexuality / press release Wednesday June 23, 2010 16:00 by Maryam Namazie
Press Release - For Immediate Publication.

Several hundred people joined One Law for All on 20 June at Downing Street to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and to demand universal rights and secularism. A new report “Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights” was published on the day to coincide with the rally.

Human rights activist Gita Sahgal said of the report: “I think it is highly significant that in Britain there has been silence where there should have been condemnation. There is active support for ‘Sharia laws’ precisely because it is limited to denying women rights in the family. No hands are being cut off, so there can’t be a problem. Unfortunately for us, senior law officers will find that human rights expert bodies often have a similar attitude. They have done little research on the impact of family laws and the denial of justice caused by parallel systems of justice. That is why the findings of this report are so important. It is such dedicated work that changes the thinking of the experts.” read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Monday June 21, 2010 05:26 by Dave Donnellan   video 1 video file   1 attached file
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has been described as the Ugandan bishop Tutu. He is currently on a visit to Ireland speaking against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently making its way through the Ugandan parliament. The bill prescribes the death penalty for consensual sexual acts between LGBT people. The bill is partly the outcome of the activities of American pentacostalists working in the country. Christopher has been ostracised by his fellow bishops in Uganda for his stance. Below is a rush transcript of the interview. read full story / add a comment
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