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cork / gender and sexuality / event notice Monday February 08, 2010 18:01 by Paul McAndrew   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 11, 2010 21:49)
Open meetings to organise International Womens Day celebrations, this
Thu, 6pm at Loafers, Douglas St and next Tue 6pm at Loafers, Douglas
St read full story / add a comment
Feminist Walking Tour 2008
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Friday January 29, 2010 20:39 by Dorothy Gale   text 2 comments (last - monday march 08, 2010 14:22)   image 3 images
Join Choice Ireland, the RAG collective and the Lashback collective to celebrate International Womens Day with a Feminist Walking Tour on Sunday March 7th 2010 at 1 pm. Meet at the Central Bank , Dame Street.

The tour will tell the stories of women throughout our history from the women of the Ladies Land League and Irish Women Workers’ Union to the Dunnes Stores Anti Aphartheid strikers to today's women activists who work to reduce poverty and exclusion in our city, comments Sinead Ahern read full story / add a comment
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national / gender and sexuality / press release Friday January 29, 2010 13:25 by Dorothy Gale   text 5 comments (last - monday february 01, 2010 18:10)   image 1 image
The report launched today is the result of an investigation into the reality of abortion in Ireland, which was carried out in 2009. The report examines the real effects of Ireland's restrictive and often unclear abortion laws on women in crisis pregnancy and highlights the increased burdens placed on women forced to leave the state to access medical care.

Commenting, Spokesperson Sinead Ahern said “In the 27 years since the 8th amendment we have criminalised and stigmatised women in crisis. We have not stopped abortion happening; we have simply driven it abroad or underground. It is time that we discuss the issue of abortion in Ireland in terms of the reality and not geography. Although the women visit foreign clinics we still have a duty of care to them”. read full story / add a comment
IOC-Rally, Lausanne 19.11.2009
international / gender and sexuality / news report Sunday January 17, 2010 20:35 by Zwischengeschlecht.org   image 1 image
Discriminating, unfair and harmful treatment of intersexed athletes ("hermaphrodites") in women's sports has a long and painful history. The "suspected" athletes' dignity and human rights keep getting violated on a regular basis by both of the ruling international sports bodies, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), as well as by their subsidiaries and affiliates.

Until today, the governing bodies keep on denying their responsibilities and refusing dialogue, as well as seemingly reacting only when forced by public pressure, and if so pro forma only.

Case in point: The IOC's attitude with regards to their syposium on "'ambiguous' gender cases" ending in Miami today. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Saturday December 19, 2009 02:40 by Dave Donnellan   video 1 video file
Earlier this month a train full of gay rights campaigners journeyed from Belfast to Dublin to highlight the fact that the Republic of Ireland has lagged behind the North in the implementation of the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement on equality. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Sunday December 13, 2009 15:08 by tomeile
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ek241009.html

Peter Tatchell's claim that Islam condones the oppression of women and legitimises violence towards homosexuals are discussed by MR magazine . Tatchell recently threatened legal action against publishers Raw Nerve books when one of their publications carried an article accusing him of Islamophobia.
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Tuesday December 08, 2009 18:13 by ******
No Frills: Ladyfest Dublin showcases the city's Ladyfest and features live performances and interviews with various artists including: Pram, Katell Keineg and La Fraction. The success behind this massive undertaking came from the fact that all those who participated embraced this unique opportunity for artists and fans that may not generally play or attend the same gigs to come together.

Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1. ( First right after Mountjoy Square. Turn right at the snooker place) Doors 8pm, Finger Food BYOB
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international / gender and sexuality / other press Saturday December 05, 2009 17:59 by pat c
Houzan Mahmoud of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, speaks of how the Imperialist invasion and occupation of Iraq has affected women, forcing many into sexual-slavery. Along with Nadya Khalife of HRW Houzan was interviewed by Rachelle Kliger of The Media Line. Full text at link.

Houzan said that since 2003 more than 70% of Iraqis have lost their jobs, a situation compounded by a lack of welfare provisions.

“We have more than four million widows in Iraq… who will provide for these women? The situation created absolute poverty, particularly for women, and these women have virtually no other option but to turn to prostitution. There’s nothing called choice in this,” she stressed. “They are either being forced into it because of the economic and political situation or because of a lack of security, whereby women and young girls are being kidnapped.” read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday November 19, 2009 12:45 by Chug Chug
The Civil Partnership Train is a civil rights initiative inspired by the landmark Belfast to Dublin ‘Contraceptive train’ of 1971 and the historic ‘Peace train’ of 1989. According to Dr Richard O’Leary of the Civil Partnership Train “The purpose of the Civil Partnership Train is to highlight the second class legal status of gay and lesbian couples in Dublin compared to Belfast, a situation which will continue unless the Irish government’s Civil Partnership Bill is upgraded”. Supporters include the Revd. Chris Hudson and Irish Senator David Norris, both of the earlier Peace Train movement. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / news report Saturday November 14, 2009 13:31 by National Lesbian & Gay Federation (NLGF)   1 attached file
Task Force Urgently Required To Advance and Safeguard LGBT Equality

Report Reveals Harassment, Exploitation and Violence are Top Concerns of Irish LGBT People read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / feature Tuesday October 20, 2009 18:14 by tampon   text 19 comments (last - thursday december 17, 2009 18:45)
Today's (October 16th) edition of the English newspaper "The Daily Mail" carried an opinion piece by the English journalist Jan Moir. The homophobia and inherent hatred voiced in the article led to an extraordinary amount of comments on that newspaper's website which together with reaction from other newspapers saw the title of the article changed by mid afternoon. By late afternoon an internet campaign had begun to pressure advertisers who use the Daily Mail to cut their support.

The loss of revenue to the English newspaper might be the most serious blow to its editorial policy of articulating and pandering to middle English prejudice ever. As such the article which prompted this reaction merits archiving. read full story / add a comment
Dr. Geraldine Moane, left, and Sinéad Ahern
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Friday October 16, 2009 17:22 by Alison   text 2 comments (last - saturday october 17, 2009 16:23)   image 1 image   audio 2 audio files
Sinêad Ahern of Choice Ireland and Dr. Geraldine Moane of UCD made the case for a woman's right to choose at a recent debate in Dublin. read full story / add a comment
RAG Dublin's anarcha-feminist group
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Wednesday October 14, 2009 00:13 by Clare   text 1 comment (last - saturday november 07, 2009 18:55)   image 2 images
On Saturday 14th November 2009 @ 6 pm, the launch of The Rag no.4 will take place in Seomra Spraoi. read full story / add a comment
Berlusconi greets the wife of the US president, she didn't hug him causing a diplomatic incident.
international / gender and sexuality / other press Monday September 28, 2009 14:21 by ud   text 4 comments (last - tuesday september 29, 2009 10:55)   image 1 image
Certain criticisms of Michelle Obama have been doing the rounds of MSM because she did not allow
a grappler within arm's length.

Q: Should she hide her distaste and allow a known grappler and sexist give her a hug?
A: Why did the Telegraph even ask that stupid question?

Back to time honoured sexism , where a Premier who is immune from prosecution, has a mountain
of sleaze behind him and caused an odd reaction in the wife of the US prez gets defended in
the Media because Mrs Obama did not *want* to hug him. It is of course all her fault and nothing
to do with the manner in which he greeted her.

The images speak for themselves : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/....html

Feminst backlash: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/20/berlusconi-...klash read full story / add a comment
clare / gender and sexuality / event notice Sunday September 27, 2009 16:40 by Martina Hynan
Fundraiser for Keeping Mum, Community Art Project, Ennis. Co. Clare
Project will be exhibited at the Home Birth Conference on October 3rd in Dublin and will travel to York University, Toronto, Canada later in October to be exhibited at ARM (Association for Research on Mothering) Annual conference. (www.yorku.ca/arm/).
This fundraiser will help finance these exhibitions, and it will go towards a series of workshops on mothering and motherhood currently being planned and scheduled to run in January 2010. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Friday September 18, 2009 22:04 by darren
Queer Spraoi Present:
Bent Bars Presentation & Discussion
Thursday 24th Sep Seomra Spraoi
10 Belvidere Court
Dublin 1

Café 7pm (Come & get your dinner)
Presentation 8pm read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Thursday August 27, 2009 18:16 by Mina Ahadi   text 1 comment (last - monday september 07, 2009 02:30)
Demonstrators arrested in the recent uprisings, particularly those in Kahrizak Prison have been gang-raped and the prison guards have put them under medieval tortures. Many of the detainees, female or male, have died in rape rooms as a result of being repeatedly raped, due to rupture of uterus or rectum and intestinal bleeding. Still others, in or out of prison, are suffering from the resulting physical and psychological traumas of these acts of violence. We know that the torture and raping of prisoners are not confined to Kahrizak and to the recent events. Executions and murder of prisoners, rape and torture in the Islamic regime’s prisons are as old the regime itself.
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international / gender and sexuality / other press Wednesday July 29, 2009 11:02 by Hypatia
Amnesty reports on the situation in Nicaragua where pregnant women are being refused necessary medical treatment. This has led to an increase in maternal deaths. Full story at link.

Nicaragua’s total ban on abortions is endangering the lives of girls and women, denying them life-saving treatment, preventing health professionals from practicing effective medicine and contributing to an increase in maternal deaths across the country, concludes Amnesty International in a new report issues on Monday.

According to official figures, 33 girls and women have died in pregnancy this year as compared to 20 in the same period last year. Amnesty International believes these figures are only a minimum as the government itself has acknowledged that the number of maternal deaths is under-recorded.
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international / gender and sexuality / other press Monday July 20, 2009 10:45 by Lillian Hellman   text 2 comments (last - saturday august 08, 2009 14:52)
This is the story of the rape and murder of another young Iranian who was protesting for justice. Full story at link.

On Friday June 19, a large group of mourners gathered at the Ghoba mosque in Tehran to await a speech about the martyrs of the post-election protests by presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. According to one Iranian blog, 28-year-old Taraneh Mousavi was one of a group of people that was arrested by plainclothesed security forces for attending the gathering.

Weeks later her mother received an anonymous call from a government agent saying that her daughter has been hospitalized in Imam Khomeini Hospital in the city of Karaj, just north of Tehran -- hospitalized for "rupturing of her womb and anus in... an unfortunate accident".

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For years it was thought Alice Guszalewicz posing as Salome, Wilde's religious play was in fact Oscar being a girlie
international / gender and sexuality / other press Friday July 17, 2009 22:42 by + "ora pro nobis"   text 2 comments (last - saturday july 18, 2009 10:46)   image 2 images
Those interested in Roman Kathurlick affairs will this last week have noted how the pontiff and german shepherd, Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI snubbed Berlusconi during the G8 bash in Italy but managed to give Obama a cuddle despite the former being anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-cell-stem research (& simply into good looking young girls) & the latter being a protestant.

Then the Pope went off on holidays to get out of Rome which is a smelly and oppressive place during the summer months & broke his wrist, an incident reported throughout the global catholic interest press. But at the same time the official Vatican newspaper decided to "rehabilitate" Oscar Wilde. read full story / add a comment
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