Irish feminism doesn’t need a eulogy!

11 Jun

In fact it’s experiencing something of a resurgence. Across Dublin and Ireland, new feminist groups are emerging ready to face the age old issue of the ‘second sex’.

Some inspiring new movements are being led by young women from all different backgrounds. From university students to musicians , socialists to politicians, women are coming together to once again protest gender inequality.

Here’s a list of some of the innovative new projects being led by feminists in Ireland:

Irish Feminist Network (IFN)

The IFN holds regular meetings throughout the year.  They aim to create a network of Irish feminists to provide a space to discuss contemporary feminist issues in Ireland. Although only in it’s infancy, their activies so far, including a Take Back the Night march for International Women’s Day 2010 and a vibrant feminist book club, herald great things to come. The IFN promises to be a feminist force to reckoned with.

Hanna’s House

Hanna’s House is a ‘home’ for the Irish feminist community. Organising seminars, workshops and a summer school, they provide a platform for Irish feminists to develop ideas and solutions to issues facing women in contemporary Irish society.

National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI)

The NWCI is an umbrella group for 180 women’s organisations across Ireland. The variety of groups represented by the Council range from the African women’s network (Akidwa) to Travellers organisations and women’s community groups. The Council supports members in their work and lobby for their interests while also releasing reports and conducting research on issues affecting women in Ireland.

Feminist Open Forum

The Feminist Open Forum provides a space for feminists in Dublin to debate, discuss and disperse information about feminist issues. They hold monthly meetings on a range of topics. No fee or formal membership is required and anyone interested is welcome to attend and contribute.

Akidwa

Akidwa is a network of African and migrant women living in Ireland. They seek to encourage African and migrant women’s capacity for participation and representation in their communities.  Akidwa provides consultation, focus groups and information as well as undertaking research on African and migrant women’s issues in Ireland. They are currently running a program focused on female genital mutilation, domestic and sexual violence.

Lash Back

Lash Back is a feminist collective aimed at highlighting feminist issues in Dublin. They hold meetings once a month and publish a feminist zine. They aim to create a non-hierarchical, unified space for feminist discussion.

Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group (RAG)

RAG is a collective of anarcha-feminist’s based in Dublin. They produce a magazine and blog, while also holding regular meetings, events and protests. United in the desire to create an alternative to the ‘capitalist, patriarchal society wherein we are all dominated and exploited’, RAG is a radical alternative to mainstream feminism.

Various Community Groups

Community groups across Ireland campaign on a number of issues facing women. KLEAR in Kilbarrack have a community based adult education centre which provides a broad range of programs, including child development classes, assertiveness training and confidence building. Longford Women’s Link lobbies on gender equality issues on a local and national level while also providing domestic violence services, counselling, support for migrant women and childcare.



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2 Responses to “Irish feminism doesn’t need a eulogy!”

  1. Lee June 30, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    how do i go about contacting people within these organisations? Or even anyone from this site?

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