The 5050 group attends the NWCI AGM

I was delighted to attend the NWCI AGM on Friday 9th September 2016. The Tanaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald addressed the meeting. It was great to have such a senior Minister attend the meeting. Kitty Holland chaired a round table discussion on the Feminist agenda. Dr Ciara Kelly spoke representing doctors for choice. She emphasised that women’s health is being impacted by the lack of access to abortion in Ireland. The Tanaiste maintained that the best way forward was to wait for the recommendations of the citizen’s assembly in October. Sinead Burke spoke eloquently on what it was like to be a women with a disability. She outlined that she had been subjected to name calling because of her size. She was proactive in reporting the incident to the Garda. She is involved in raising awareness about hate crimes amongst new recruits to the Gardai. Lynn Ruane spoke passionately about her growing awareness of the feminist agenda. She spoke of the women that are not in the room and how we need to invite them in. It was great to be in the company of so many inspirational feminists.