Women’s Rights

Consultation on abortion law change too limited

Minister for Justice David Ford has called a public enquiry into possible changes to the laws governing abortions in Northern Ireland. This is a belated and only partial recognition that the law and politicians are lagging behind public opinion on this issue. Further changes are necessary to bring women’s rights […]

Review: Being & Being Bought by Kajsa Ekis Ekman

By Laura Fitzgerald Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy & the Split Self by Kajsa Ekis Ekman. As a socialist and women’s rights activist who continues to be perplexed, gob-smacked and horrified by the seemingly growing orthodoxy in left and feminist circles that Ekman entitles, “the story of the sex […]

Domestic violence: 3 reported cases every hour

By Ann Orr, In 2012, 1,220 racist attacks were reported to the PSNI. Reports of sectarian attacks numbered 2,261. In the same time frame more than 27,000 instances of domestic abuse were reported to the PSNI. This equates to around 3 every hour. In all three cases, reality is likely […]

Sexism alive and well in Stormont

By Courtney Taylor, Recently it was announced that beauty pageant, Miss Ulster 2013 would be held in Stormont, parliament buildings. The event was to be jointly hosted by Basil McCrea and John McCallister of NI21 and Dolores Kelly, SDLP. The same parties that are controlling women’s reproductive rights, thought that […]

Women demand access to abortion services

The Northern Ireland Executive must immediately unblock any restrictions on the right of women to access abortion services in Northern Ireland, according to the Socialist Party. Lucy Simpson described the circumstances facing women in need of termination of pregnancies as “traumatising, unsafe and unacceptable”. The Northern Ireland Executive has come […]