Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and also the day for the Strike 4 Repeal March.
The aim of the Strike 4 Repeal campaign is to persuade the Government to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which guarantees the right to life of the unborn. According to statistics at least 9 women have to travel outside Ireland every day for an abortion.
The campaign is based on “non-traditional strike actions for human rights that we have witnessed in other parts of the world. The strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense, but could include taking an annual leave day off work, refraining from domestic work for the day, wearing black in solidarity or staging a walkout during your lunch break,” the organisers said.
“Our demand is that the Irish Government call a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, Ireland will strike.”
If you want to March meet on O’Connell Bridge, March 8th at 12:30pm and wear black.
— Strike 4 Repeal (@Strike_4_Repeal) March 4, 2017
“We’ve had an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm from secondary school and college students, who are now planning their own ways to show solidarity and/or strike on the 8th, and several pubs and cafes in Dublin have come on board already to close for the day to mark the strike,” Ms Brophy said.
“We’ve been overwhelmed and heartened by the support for the strike so far, in particular from students, and from regional and rural groups. The enthusiasm around the country has shown us the appetite for action from the Government on this issue. People want a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.”
One of our favourite comedians Deirdre O’Kane has children of her own and speaks out strongly in the podcast below about her views on it.
“I think the fact that abortion isn’t legal in Ireland is a joke. I think it’s ridiculous. Can we grow up now please? This is 2016. Can we just deal with our issues? Stop putting people on boats to England. It has just got to stop. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with is or not. It’s actually irrelevant. It’s just insane. It’s so immature. I can’t even believe it’s a thing. I can’t believe we are discussing it’
Deirdre O’Kane talks about having at baby at the Liffey Laughs.