Overall the 1990s was a massive decade for social change and the first proper hope Ireland would have for an equal society for both men and Women.
For my final in this chapter I will discuss the ever adapting culture of Irish feminisms from 2010 to present day. The Irish Feminist movement today is best explained as complicated and flexible. It is involved with a wide circle of artistic, social and governmental mind-set. No matter how complex the feminist movement is today it plays such a vital role in gender equality in Ireland today. “Gender equality usually refers to a condition of parity between men and women.”(Browne J, 2007) The IFN (The Irish Feminist Network), was set up in 2010. Its main goals at the moment is to get a referendum called or the 8th amendment to be changed and for women to be allowed full reproductive rights which is a subject that continues to rock feminist groups for decades. “The Irish Feminist Network is an organisation committed to promoting gender equality in Ireland. We seek to make feminism relevant to a new generation of people, while continuing to engage all members of Irish society in working for change.” (Irish Feminist Network, 2017)
At the moment the main point of attack for Irish Feminist groups is to get the 8th amendment set up on 1983 to be abolished. The 8th amendment at current states “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” (Cooney R, 2016). The main feminist group backing the repeal the 8th movement is REPEAL who are one of the main members of the coalition to repeal the 8th amendment. The REPEAL movements mission is to “Repeal Project seeks to vindicate the rights of Irish women by reflecting, respecting and representing the need and want for free safe and legal access to abortion in Ireland. Making it seen that this issue needs to be heard. ” (Repeal Project, 2017)
The twenty first century is by far making its biggest shift in regards to sexism being portrayed throughout Irish society. Through the Irish Feminist Network to the Repeal the 8th movement many Irish women are rapidly realising they may in fact be as equal as men.