Women’s rights

Covid-19 lockdown & gender-based violence

By Andrea Murray As the outbreak of Covid-19 began to take hold, experts warned of the risk of increased gender based violence and abuse of children. Intimate partner violence increased significantly during the HIV / AIDS pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. Research from previous pandemics and disease outbreaks align with what we’re now seeing emerging from Covid-19. Economic insecurity ...

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Fights Sexism and Discrimination

By Maddie Grover (member of Socialist Alternative, sister party of the Socialist Party) The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for unequal compensation and lesser working conditions, compared to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT). In previous years, the team has attempted to negotiate a fair wage and better treatment into their ...

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No Contact Order Bill: Taking a stand against gender-based violence

By Harper Cleaves A new report put out by the United Nations on homicide reveals that 87,000 women were murdered globally in 2017, and that over half of these women were killed by intimate partners or family members. This means that every hour, six women across the world are killed by a person they know. In this context, a new ...

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New assault on abortion rights in the US

By Lucy Marron In May, the Alabama legislature passed a near total ban on abortion, the most restrictive state law in the US since the Roe v. Wade ruling made access to terminations a federal right in 1973. This bill makes abortion illegal at any stage of pregnancy, except when the pregnant person’s life is at risk, and it threatens ...

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Capitalism & Period Poverty

By Ingrid Doyle For a growing number of women, trans and gender non-conforming people, periods are not just a biological annoyance, they are also a crippling financial burden. For many; young people, lone parents, those subjected to homelessness and those living in direct provision, period poverty is a reality. A survey carried out by PLAN International last year, showed that ...

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The Church, the State & the oppression of women

By Emma Quinn In 1922, the Southern Irish State was born into poverty and a backward economy. The Catholic Church was the perfect crutch for its limp ruling class to prop itself up and assert its power and authority over the working class. It was also the tool to provide needed services like healthcare and education in the absence of ...

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Childcare costs: End the burden of a “second mortgage”

By Emma Quinn Childcare in Ireland is simply unattainable for many working class women and particularly women raising children alone or on low incomes. For families that can or struggle to afford it, monthly childcare costs are a second mortgage. Highest costs in Europe According to the OECD Ireland has the highest cost for childcare in the EU. A crèche ...

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