Meetings

We hold monthly meetings on a whole range of topics. Details of all our upcoming meetings & events can be found here. If there is a topic you would like us to cover, let us know!

 

April Meeting

Our April meeting will take place on Friday, the 21st at 7:00pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st. This meeting will take the form of a DIY feminist zine workshop with artist, Olivia Furey.

A zine, short for fanzine, is a self-published, small-circulation, cheaply-made and cheaply-priced publication. Zines usually deal with topics that are too controversial or niche for mainstream media and give a voice to the unheard. They would be presented in an unpolished and unusual layout, often in black and white. Zines are typically mass produced via photocopier, bound with staples and distributed in a DIY manner. Feminist zines gained popularity in the early nineties during the Riot Grrrl Movement.

MATERIALS NEEDED!!
To make the zines we are asking people attending the meeting to bring some of their own materials. LFN will supply some but they will be limited. Suggested materials are: paper/card, markers/pens, scissors, pritt sticks and magazines for collage material.

Let us know you’re coming and you add yourself to our event here.

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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Photo credit: papertraildiary.com

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March Meeting

Our March meeting will take place on Friday, the 24th at 7:00pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st. The topic of this meeting will be to discuss transrights and transphobia.

Transphobia and transmisogeny is a huge problem in society at large, but also in the Feminist Community specifically. It divides us and alienates some of our most vulnerable members. As an intersectional feminist organisation, LFN invites you to learn more about, arguably, the most divisive issue in feminism today.

To help us understand and fight back this prevelant prejudice, we are delighted to host author and activist Eilís Ní Fhlannagáin; her activism focuses on trans women’s rights including their access to healthcare, and she has spoken on diverse topics such as transfeminist history, bodily autonomy, and poverty in trans communities. You can learn more about her from her excellent tweets @dirtycitybird. Please join us to hear her speak and join in the Q ‘n’ A/open discussion afterwards.

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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Strike 4 Repeal Limerick – Pro-Choice Protest – Wednesday, March 8th at 2pm on Bedford Row.

The Strike 4 Repeal Limerick event has been organised by a collaboration of Pro-Choice individuals and groups across Limerick and neighbouring Clare. This event is in solidarity with the larger Strike 4 Repeal movement who are calling for a nationwide strike on Wednesday, March 8th, International Women’s Day, to send a message to Government that we will no longer wait quietly for our rights to full bodily autonomy.
Please come along to Bedford Row in Limerick city at 2pm on March 8th to show your support. We are also asking people to wear black and use social media to share messages #WeWontWait #Strike4Repeal.

This event will be child friendly (one confirmed speaker will be bringing her children) with food and entertainment. Confirmed so far:

AIMS Ireland
Clare Abortion Rights Campaign
Limerick Feminist Network
Limerick Pro-Choice
ROSA

A number of volunteer positions and equipment are still needed for this event, if you would like to get involved please contact the Limerick Feminist Network! 

To add yourself to the facebook event click here.

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Credit: Anna Lilley and Eilis Murphy

 

February Meeting

Our February meeting will take place on Friday, the 24th at 7:00pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st.  This meeting will be to discuss and finalise the Strike 4 Repeal Event happening in Limerick on Wednesday, March 8th at 2pm.

For more info on the Strike 4 Repeal movement go to: strike4repeal.org
For more info on the Limerick Strike 4 Repeal event click here or go to the facebook event here.

A number of volunteer positions and equipment are still needed for this event, if you would like to get involved please contact the Limerick Feminist Network!

 

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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November Meeting

Our November meeting will take place on Friday, the 18th at 7:30pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st. We will be addressing Violence Against Women; this is in conjunction with the 16 Days of Action and the Purple Up Campaign happening this month. There will be reps from Rape Crisis Midwest and ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services speaking to us.

This month, we, along with many other organisations and groups, will ‘Purple Up’ as part of the Limerick Area Network on Violence Against Women campaign to raise awareness of the very serious threat of Violence Against Women. Before the 16 Days of Action, we invite you to learn more about how widespread, varied and insidious the problem is, and ways to fight back and support survivors. We are honoured to host 2 speakers, a representative from Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, a Limerick based organisation which provide many services to women who have experienced domestic abuse including emergency refuge, outreach support, raising awareness and research; Miriam Duffy, who has worked with Rape Crisis Midwest for 14 years, Rape Crisis Midwest was founded in 1980 and since then has been providing support, counselling, and thoroughly researched information to and for survivors of Sexual Assault.
We understand that this is a very sensitive topic so if during the meeting anyone needs to take a moment to step away, or ask for support we fully respect that and will do all we can to support each other.
To accommodate our speakers we shall vary slightly from our usual meeting structure, the representative from Adapt will speak from 7:30 followed by a Q and A session and Miriam Duffy will speak from 8:30 followed by another Q and A session
We hope to see you there.

 

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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October Meeting

Our October meeting will take place on Friday, the 21st at 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st. This meeting will have a Halloween theme: Pride, Prejudice, Zombies and Feminism OH MY!

Nights are getting longer, the leaves are changing colours, there’s a general spooky feeling in the air, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is nearly upon us! So lets talk horror stories and all things goblins and ghouls. Of course, as feminists we know that just generally everyday life can be a horror story for women, but how is this reflected in the classic, spooky lore of zombies? We are delighted to have Dr. Carmen Kuhling as our speaker this month; a senior lecturer at University of Limerick, her research areas include gender and popular culture, and we at the Limerick Feminist Network can confirm that she is an amazing, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.

Let us know you’re attending through our Facebook event here.

 

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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Photo credit: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book

 

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September Meeting

Our September meeting will take place on Friday, the 16th at 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st.

This meeting will focus on why we need to repeal the 8th amendment.

We are delighted to have representatives from AIMS Ireland and Abortion Rights Campaign to speak to us on how the 8th amendment limits not only the choices people can make around the termination of a pregnancy but also the type of treatment people receive if they choose to continue with a pregnancy.

 

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

 

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Photo credit: AIMS Ireland & Abortion Rights Campaign 

 

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June Meeting

Our June meeting will take place on Friday, the 17th at 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st. The topic we are covering in this meeting is Street harassment and how to deal with it.

We will be discussing street harassment and methods of dealing with it. As the sun has been out we’re sure some of you have gotten unwanted remarks and many will have experienced much worse. We will be showing a brief film and then sharing our experiences in an open discussion with all members. We will also discuss techniques for dealing with street harassment in a safe manner, whether you are experiencing it yourself or you see it happening to someone else.

A link to our event on facebook can be found here.

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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Photo credit: hellogiggles.com

 

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April Meeting

Our April meeting will take place on Friday the 22nd at 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield st. The topic we are covering in this meeting is Symphysiotomy*.

We are delighted to have Wendy Lyon of KOD Lyons Solicitors to speak to us about Symphysiotomy. She will address the current situation survivors now face including the State payment scheme, the shredding of documents and what is happening within the courts.

Wendy Lyon holds a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Griffith College Dublin, graduating with distinction.
She now works in KOD Lyons Human Rights section, specialising in immigration/refugee law and sexual, reproductive and maternity rights. She has acted for a number of women in historical abuse cases, including Symphysiotomy, illegal adoption and Magdalene laundries.

*Symphysiotomy is a childbirth operation that effectively unhinges the pelvis. Ireland was the only country in the world to do these childbirth operations in preference to Caesarean section. Religious ideology and medical ambition drove the surgery.

An estimated 1,500 women and girls, some as young as 14, had their pelvises severed, gratuitously, by senior doctors who believed in childbearing without limitation. Life long disability, chronic pain, mental suffering and family breakdown followed.
Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found these operations were torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Patient consent was never sought: women were operated upon wide awake and often screaming: those who resisted were physically restrained.
Find more info at: http://symphysiotomyireland.com/the-story/

 

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge. The exact location of the café can be found here.
Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!! http://limerickfeministnetwork.com/meeting-rules/

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Photo credit: Mark Moloney/Demotix/Corbis

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March Meeting

Our March meeting will take place Friday, March 25th, 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield street. The theme for this meeting is Women of the 1916 Rising. We are excited to have historian, feminist and author Dr Mary McAuliffe to speak to us about this.

Dr McAuliffe has co-authored a book, with Liz Gillis, about women involved in the 1916 Rising, “We were there” – 77 women of the Easter Rising.

We Were There – 77 women of the Easter Rising enriches our knowledge of the revolutionary period by telling the history of the 1916 Rising from a more nuanced and balanced perspective, through the lens of these women’s lives and contribution. Containing detailed biographies of the seventy-seven women, this book reveals their background, family, education, class, politicisation and motivation to take part in the 1916 Rising as well as looking at their lives post-Rising and post-Independence. Accompanied by chapters on the fighting of Easter week in each garrison, narrated from the point of view of the women’s involvement, the commitment and depth of the contribution of women to the Rising is rediscovered.

This new research and analysis of the women in the 1916 Rising is a welcome addition to the historiography of the period and gives voice to the forgotten Easter Rising women.

Dr McAuliffe holds a PhD from the School of History & Humanities, Trinity College Dublin and lectures on Women’s Studies at University College Dublin. She is past President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI). More information about the book can be found here.

You can add yourself to our facebook event here.

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. The exact location of the café can be found here. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge.*

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!!

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Photo Credit: www.richmondbarracks.ie

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February Meeting

Our February meeting will take place Friday, Feb 19th, 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield street. The theme for this meeting is Women Writers and Feminist Literary Theory.

We are delighted to have Dr Patricia Moran from UL to speak to us about women writers and feminist literary theory, she will also touch on her own personal experiences with sexism in academia.

Dr Moran’s research interests include:
-Literary Theory, with special emphasis on psychoanalytic, feminist, and gender theory
-19th and 20th Century Women Writers
-20th Century British Writers
-Food Studies

You can add yourself to our facebook event here.

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. The exact location of the café can be found here. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge.*

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!!

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Photo credit: Ms Magazine

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January Meeting

The theme for our first meeting of 2016 is Women in Film and TV and we are delighted to have expert in the field Dr Susan Liddy to speak to us. The meeting will take place Friday, January 22nd, 7pm in Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield street.

Dr Liddy’s research interests include gender issues in the (film) script development and production process, female screenwriters and a female ‘voice’ and the representation of older women in screen narratives. She is currently researching the experiences and narrative preoccupations of Irish female screenwriters and assessing the potential for affirmative action strategies in the Irish Film Industry. You may be familiar with the recent letter Dr Liddy wrote for the Irish Times.

A while back it was suggested that we put out a call and ask people to donate tampons and sanitary towels/products to local homeless charities. The video here highlights the problems homeless women have to deal with every month when they get their period. If you would like to help us with our drive please donate tampons and/or sanitary towels/products by bringing them along to this meeting, where we will have a collection area set up. Thank you.

*Hook & Ladder is wheelchair accessible and has disabled bathroom facilities. The exact location of the café can be found here. We ask everyone attending our meetings to buy at least one drink as we get the space free of charge.*

Please make yourself aware of our meeting rules before attending!!

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 Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount