Women’s rights are still an issue we are fighting for on a global scale. The Women’s March on Washington inspired hundreds of solidarity demonstrations across the globe showing that as far as we have come, there is still a way to go. On March 8th women worldwide will be striking in a symbolic movement to show their immeasurable worth in society.
In Ireland this strike is taking on a second purpose, and it’s one of the utmost importance. On March 8th Irish women are also demanding that the government set a date for a referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. Currently, there are ninety-nine Irish people chosen by the government deciding on whether or not the Irish people should be allowed to vote to change this law. That’s right there is a group discussing whether they should allow the country to vote on a women’s health issue. Talk about checks and balances and hurdles and bullshit.
Of course the strike itself won’t be enough. The Irish diaspora, as we all know, is spread far and wide and so a postal campaign is due to run from today, February 22nd, to March 8th as a means to draw attention from the Irish government, and to show them that women’s health is not up for debate, nor should it lie in the hands of ninety-nine random citizens.
What is a postal campaign, you may ask? Irish or not, just follow the simple steps below if you’d like to help out:
1. Buy a postcard
2. Address it to Enda Kenny, Department of the Taoiseach, Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
3. Tell him that you trust women. Tell him if there is abortion access where you are. Tell him why this matters.
4. Take a picture of your postcard, post it on social media using the tag #Post4Repeal
5. Mail the postcard!