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Repeal the 8th - how can you help?

Repeal the 8th

Want to help the Mná na hÉireann? (Women of Ireland)

On Friday May 25th people in Ireland will be able to vote on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment, which "acknowledges the right to life of the unborn" and results in a near-total ban on abortion.

Even if you're not eligible to vote in the referendum, there are still plenty of things you can do to help, and we've listed some of them below.

Let us know any we've missed in the comments!

Ní Saoirse go Saoirse na mBan (no freedom until women are free)

Guest Post: LIFE

LIFEEngender is proud to host this guest comic from Grace Wilson and Jenny Bloomfield.

Of their story Life, they say:

"Life shows the not uncommon story of a woman from Northern Ireland travelling to England to access abortion.

"When we wrote Life early last spring, we had no idea that abortion on the island of Ireland was going to hit the headlines in quite the way it has. And whilst there have been political commitments to improvements for women, the reality is still a long way from local access to safe services.

"We hope that Life serves as a small reminder of the need for this continued fight. We hope that in future years, such a story will not need to be told."

is Jenny and Grace's first collaboration. Their second, a humorous short story called The Life and Times of Mhairi Black, will be published in We Shall Fight Until We Win by 404 Ink & BHP Comics this summer.

Artist and writer Grace Wilson has published graphic novel Saving Grace with Jonathan Cape, a darkly comic commentary on the London housing crisis. More of Grace's work can be found at

Writer Jenny Bloomfield is undertaking a creative writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University, whilst also working on a feminist thriller.

#Engender25 - the real struggle

Building your future pamphlet

Engender is working with the University of Stirling to host student Karen Watson who will be exploring Engender's archives as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

In Karen's second blog, she muses on the challenges of making real change, and why equality still seems so far off.

On the Engender: Women in Scotland's criminal justice system

women in the criminal justice system

This month I was privileged to host our podcast recording on women in the criminal justice system. Even though Scotland incarcerates more women than almost any other country in Northern Europe, this is an area which I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t given much thought before working for Engender*.

Guest Blog: Turning the tables - Ending sexual harassment at work

Sarah Thoms is a Senior Associate at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, she is responsible for all Communications work in Scotland which covers media, parliamentary affairs and stakeholder engagement. Sarah loves fashion, art and her dog Audrey. Here, she breaks down the EHRC's new report on sexual harassment in the workplace:

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Related publications

Gender Matters in Social Security: Individual Payments of Universal CreditGender Matters in Social Security: Individual Payments of Universal Credit A paper calling on the Scottish Government to automatically split payments of Universal Credit between couples, once this power is devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Gender Matters Manifesto: Twenty for 2016Gender Matters Manifesto: Twenty for 2016 This manifesto sets out measures that, with political will, can be taken over the next parliamentary term in pursuit of these goals.

Scottish NGO Briefing for UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against WomenScottish NGO Briefing for UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Joint briefing paper for the UN Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

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