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dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Tuesday April 15, 2008 12:18 by Elisa O'Donovan   text 34 comments (last - thursday june 12, 2008 13:01)   image 2 images
This year see’s the first (and hopefully last!) Miss UCD beauty pageant, sponsored by UCDSU ,alongside trashy tabloids The sun and News of the world. The first Miss UCD takes place on Thursday 17th April. The winner of the ‘competition’ will win automatic entry to Miss Ireland as well as winning beauty makeovers , clothes and a gym membership. Miss Ireland and hence Miss UCD bans all mothers, wives and women under 5’4 from entering.These sexist competitions have no place in Ireland and particularly in UCD. These types of competitions are demeaning and are an excuse for putting sexism on parade They encourage the idea that women should be seen as sex objects to be judged by men, as well as making women believe that to be desirable they have to conform to unrealistic types of ‘beauty’.

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national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday April 13, 2008 11:39 by Add Your Voice   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 15, 2008 09:51)   image 1 image

This is a brief link to the Irish Safe and Legal campaign, who have linked to the
Pro-choice Majority Campaign in Britain in relation to the attempt through
legislation to reduce the Upper Abortion Limit, as part of the HFEB Bill .

On May the Seventh 2008, the Houses in the UK will vote on a divisive Bill
which has actively left women's rights and NGO groups out of the equation
in relation to Choice and Healthcare issues.


The HFEB is called the Human Fertilisation and Embrology Bill. (HEFB 2008) read full story / add a comment
Khadijeh Moghaddam
international / gender and sexuality / other press Friday April 11, 2008 18:53 by pat c   text 5 comments (last - monday april 21, 2008 18:19)   image 2 images
Another Womens rights activist has been detained in Iran. Her only crimes was to demand equality of treatment for Women. Full text at the link.

On April 8th, security police forcibly entered the home of Khadijeh Moghaddam, women’s rights activist and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign and arrested her. Khadijeh Moghaddam who is a member of the Mother’s Committee of the Campaign was transferred to Eshrat Abad Security Police, where she was interrogated for several hours She was them brought to court and interrogated by Sobhani an Investigative Judge and charged. Bail was set at 100 Million Tomans (roughly $110,000). Moghaddam was then transferred to Vozara Detention Center.
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international / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday April 03, 2008 18:37 by Houzan Mahmoud   text 3 comments (last - friday june 13, 2008 17:34)   image 2 images
Date: Saturday 12 April, 2008

Time: 5.00-9:00pm

Venue: Room 3D,
University of London Union (ULU)
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HY
Closest underground: Russell Square

A year after the world was stunned by images of a 17 year old girl being stoned to death in Iraqi Kurdistan; an international panel will debate the rise of honour killings, violence against women, gender apartheid and political Islam in Kurdistan/Iraq and the Middle East.

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international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Monday March 31, 2008 19:06 by Anne McShane   text 11 comments (last - sunday may 18, 2008 19:15)
A major and imminent threat to women’s rights looms in the amendments being put forward to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. ‘Pro-life’ MPs aim to reduce the time limit for abortion from 24 weeks to as little as 13 weeks.

Although the Labour Party formally defends the current time limits, Gordon Brown like his predecessors will allow a free vote, so as to appease the significant and vocal anti-abortion section within the cabinet. From reports, it seems likely that there will be some reduction, probably to 20 weeks, given the current balance of forces, as there is strong support for such a move among Tory, Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs alike - all of whom will have a free vote. David Cameron has taken the lead by announcing that he will be using his vote to lower the limit.

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international / gender and sexuality / other press Thursday March 27, 2008 17:20 by pat c   text 25 comments (last - sunday april 06, 2008 13:34)   image 2 images
In this article, Peter Tatchell deals with the latest lies and homophobic outbursts from George Galloway. In this case Galloway is supporting the Iranian Regiome even when it comes to the execution of gays using any lies to cover for them.

George Galloway, the Respect MP, has made allegations that border on paedophile smears and play to homophobic prejudice. He claims the boyfriend of gay Iranian asylum seeker Mehdi Kazemi was executed (1) for "committing sex crimes against young men". The insinuation of such a claim is that Mehdi's boyfriend was a rapist or a child sex abuser and also stigmatises Mehdi as he was his partner. He will suffer this stigma when he is returned to the UK and could face personal hostility from people who believe these allegations . Galloway made his astonishing allegation on Channel Five's The Wright Stuff. He has been asked to explain the source of his claim, but has so far failed to do so. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Wednesday March 26, 2008 23:13 by RAGbot   text 1 comment (last - monday april 07, 2008 01:31)   image 1 image
Why Anarchafeminism? A women-only discussion.
7.30pm, Mon 7th April, St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, off Francis St.
All women welcome, whether you feel you have a lot to say on this topic or you just want to find out more. read full story / add a comment
Bigotry isn't Irish.....resistance is!
international / gender and sexuality / event notice Saturday March 15, 2008 16:26 by Irish Queers of NYC   image 2 images
The organizers of the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade, seeking to
legalize their discrimination against Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual &
transgender marchers, have redefined the parade as a private,
religious procession. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Saturday March 15, 2008 11:04 by C Murray   text 6 comments (last - tuesday march 18, 2008 19:51)
Both Guardian and London Independent are giving away free poetic booklets in a series,
something which I.T has done over years with the 'Saturday Poem': Review section.

The Guardian , yesterday published, an opinion piece about poetry and gender by a
woman writer which alluded to the fact that only one woman was represented in the Guardian
Series. Sylvia Plath. (excellent Poet ,cf embedded video) read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Thursday March 13, 2008 16:31 by pat c
There are those who believe that Iran is a paradise. They were outraged recently when an Iranian exile suggested that prostitution was rife under the Iranian Theocracy. Well read this! Hypocrite!

Tehran's police chief has resigned following his arrest after being found naked in the company of six nude prostitutes in a local brothel. Reza Zarei stepped down from his post following the raid, reportedly ordered by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, chief of the judicial authorities, Ynetnews reported Wednesday.
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international / gender and sexuality / event notice Wednesday March 12, 2008 18:32 by Middle East Workers' Solidarity   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 13, 2008 15:49)
Action to defend Mehdi Kazemi March 22nd

On Saturday March 22nd at 2pm Middle East Workers' Solidarity will be staging a protest opposite Downing Street in defence of Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian asylum seeker who the British government plans to send back to Iran on the grounds that if gay Iranians are "discreet about their sexuality", they will not get in trouble.

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dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Wednesday March 12, 2008 16:00 by bot   text 5 comments (last - friday march 14, 2008 14:51)   image 9 images
On International Women's Day this year, women took to the streets of Dublin, in celebration of Dublin's feminist history and in realisation of what still needs to be done. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday March 09, 2008 00:16 by Cliona Flanagan   text 4 comments (last - saturday april 12, 2008 17:05)   image 1 image
Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. This goes back to 1910, when an international conference of socialist women decided that 'women the world over set aside a particular day each year to remember women and their struggles.' read full story / add a comment
Parvin Ardalan
international / gender and sexuality / other press Friday March 07, 2008 14:33 by pat c   text 14 comments (last - tuesday april 08, 2008 21:46)   image 1 image
Here is an Amnesty International article on Parvin Ardalan and how she was prevented from leaving Iran.

Iranian feminist and journalist Parvin Ardalan was prevented from leaving Iran on Sunday to travel to Sweden where she was to receive the 2007 Olof Palme Prize in Stockholm. She said that after she boarded a plane at Tehran airport she was told that she was not permitted to leave the country. "They took my passport and said I could get it back after 72 hours," she said. "The only reason for this move is to prevent me from taking part in the ceremony."
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cork / gender and sexuality / event notice Tuesday March 04, 2008 22:48 by CWRTC   image 1 image
Moonweave - Saturday 8 March, 11am - 11pm, Unitarian Church, Princes St. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / press release Tuesday March 04, 2008 21:31 by Niav   text 9 comments (last - tuesday march 11, 2008 16:32)   image 1 image
Press Release for the Feminist Walking Tour of Dublin. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / press release Tuesday March 04, 2008 11:17 by Anne McShane   text 2 comments (last - tuesday march 04, 2008 18:43)   image 1 image
HOPI is involved in organising meetings to commemorate Women’s Day as follows :

Wed 5th March

Lourdes Youth & Community Services in Rutland Street have arranged a lunchtime meeting at 1 pm.

Thursday 6th March at the following venues in Finglas:
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Patricia Verdugo RIP
international / gender and sexuality / other press Friday February 29, 2008 13:21 by Obit   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 29, 2008 20:39)   image 1 image
" We should preserve in adults the confident and Joyful attitude of children"

Patricia Verdugo has died. She helped form in Chile 'The Women's Movement for Life' ( 1983), which comprised
women politicians, activists and writers;a cauccas of women opposed to the Pinochet regime. The WML
organised protests against Pinochet .

She was a journalist , an activist and an academic, who in the immeadiate aftermath of her father's assasination
began her career to expose the Pinochet Regime.

She founded 'Hoy' , established 1977. The Publication operated throughout the dictatorship and retained an
independent critical position against the dictatorial regime.
Her books included; 'Bucharest 187' and 'The Claws of the Puma' (1989) read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday February 28, 2008 17:27 by Maryam Namazie   text 10 comments (last - monday march 24, 2008 17:32)   image 1 image
Sexual apartheid, political Islam and women's rights

A seminar in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Monday, March 10, from 6:30-9:30pm
Conway Hall, London
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Tuesday February 26, 2008 14:37 by Clare   text 12 comments (last - sunday march 09, 2008 22:40)   image 1 image
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