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13th April 2017

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.

*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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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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14th February 2017

February Meeting & Strike 4 Repeal Limerick

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!

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13th November 2016

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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September 17th 2016

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 LFN can confirm that she is an amazing, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.

 

*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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August 26th 2016

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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June 14th 2016

An open letter to men

In light of the recent Standford rape case and LGBTQ shooting in Orlando please read our open letter to men, everywhere, urging them to step up and fight against misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and violence against women. You can read the letter in full here.

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June 12th 2016

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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April 7th 2016

Abortion Service Website Launch

needabortionireland.org is launching today, which will help people in Ireland to access abortion pills and services.
They will also have a text and email support service and the supply of care packages.

Press Release:

“We now know it is not sufficient that women die in order for the state to repeal its abortion law. We now know that the State North and South will isolate, prosecute and torture vulnerable people irrelevant of public opinion. When confronted with such an attack on our health and on our lives, endless political debates are not enough, action is needed.

Faced with a State that refuses to provide for the healthcare of women, we must facilitate access to this healthcare ourselves and provide the conditions for people to practice this care. Medical abortion is a unique example of this, as it is healthcare which can be practiced easily and safely at home, with a 2 day course of medication.

needabortionireland.org will support women in accessing abortion pills in Ireland through Women Help Women. We provide practical help in accessing pro choice healthcare, a live text support service between 6pm to 9pm everyday, and care packages to make people’s experience of abortion as comfortable as possible.

Until the law acknowledges our rights, we and others will continue to break it to facilitate a duty of care to those living in Ireland.

Visit the website here.

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February 11th 2016

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.

More info on this event can be found here.

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February 8th 2016

General Election 2016

As you are probably aware there is an election looming this year and candidates far and wide will be in search of votes. It can sometimes be difficult to keep track of who is in favour of (or against) what, so we at the Limerick Feminist Network are trying to make the process as easy as possible for you!

In the ‘Campaigns’ section of our website you will find the details of each candidate running in Limerick City and County, their contact details and their current positions on Repealing the 8th Amendment and the recently launched National Women’s Council of Ireland Election 2016 Manifesto for Women.

Will you help us show our local candidates that we want change and will not vote for them unless they publicly agree to our terms?

The Limerick Feminist Network are in the process of contacting all candidates to ask them to sign up to the NWCI manifesto and publicly show their position and commitment to repealing the 8th Amendment if elected. And we are asking all of you to do the same.

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February 6th 2016

Limerick City & County General Election Candidates Debate: Women’s Rights

In the run up to the General Election, ROSA are hosting a candidates debate in Limerick to put the issues of women’s rights on the agenda. Chairing the discussion is Maura Adshead, Senior Lecturer of Politics and Public Administration at University of Limerick. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 17th, 8:00pm, Perys Hotel, Limerick.

Further information on this event, and more, can be found in the ‘other events‘ section of our website.

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February 4th 2016

Pro-Choice Solidarity Demo #NotACriminal

A coalition of Pro-Choice activist groups, including Limerick Feminist Network, are holding a demonstration in solidarity with the woman in Co. Down facing prosecution for self-inducing an abortion. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison for her decision to terminate her pregnancy. Come join us on Saturday February 13th, at 2pm, at the end of Thomas Street (outside Gloria Jean’s) to show your solidarity and outrage. This is especially important in the run-up to the general election.

Further information on this action, and more, can be found in the ‘other events‘ section of our website.

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February 2nd 2016

The Renunciation

On 1st February 2016, Limerick Pro-Choice activists joined individuals & groups around Ireland and the UK in reading ‘The Renunciation’.

The Renunciation is a performed reading developed through the home|work initiative. It is, respectfully, an intervention in the reflective space offered by the modern day Angelus. These simultaneous convergences in Ireland and the UK will mark St Brigid’s Feastday also known in the pre-Christian calendar as the festival of ‘Imbolg’ (meaning ‘In the Belly’). St Brigid is one of four Irish saints who “are recorded as openly and miraculously carrying out abortions” (Callan, 2012).

The Renunciation contains a set of stories that describe a set of social rituals for 12+ people from Ireland seeking abortions daily. Read aloud, the verses publicly present uncensored insights into real experiences. These verses highlight the detrimental consequences of denying the agency of others and disregarding our consent, in essence attempting to enforce pregnancy. The Renunciation challenges the double standards dictated by idealised notions of womanhood and mothering that ignore present day realities and less-than-ideal circumstances.

You can watch The Renunciation being performed in Colbert Station, Limerick here.

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January 12th 2016

Limerick Feminist Network mentioned in article for The Times online

The Limerick Feminist Network’s campaign highlighting the the varied and negative experiences people have when trying to access Emergency Contraception was mentioned in an article for The Times online by Ellen Coyne. The full article can be found here.

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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 foundhere. 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

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November 23rd 2015

Please sign and share the following petition:

Re(al) Productive Health are petitioning The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland in the hopes of ending the conscientious objection to emergency contraception in Ireland.

Currently in Ireland, pharmacists may refuse to provide you with emergency contraception (the ‘morning after pill’) under a ‘conscientious objection’ clause. This, of course, can cause major access issues and increases the stigma surrounding reproductive health in Ireland.

Please sign this petition if you believe the personal beliefs of an individual should not impact upon the reproductive rights of others.

You will find the petition here.

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November 23rd 2015

Participants wanted for research on media consumption, gender identity and the recession

A local PhD student is looking for participants to assist with her research. Please read the criteria below, if you fit the bill and are interested in being interviewed you can contact the researcher directly {this research is trans inclusive}. Thanks!

Are you female and aged between 20 and 39? Would you describe yourself as a regular media user? Do you regularly watch “reality” programmes on television? Have you experienced difficulty in finding satisfying work or keeping employment in the current economic climate? Is it difficult to plan for your future in this climate? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to the above, a Limerick-based researcher would love to speak to you! Interviews are conducted in a place of your choosing, with full anonymity guaranteed. Email: aimee.scanlon@mic.ul.ie if you are interested in taking part in this research which will consider media consumption, gender identity and the recession. Thank you.