Archive for the ‘Women’s Rights’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
Saturday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. But for most women and young girls in Malawi, it’s just another day. In Malawi half of the population struggle with poverty and hunger. Over 14% of Malawians are living with HIV/AIDS, and the average person will live to be only 53. And like so many other regions around the globe, women and girls are the most vulnerable. The most widespread threat to the girls of Malawi is child marriage, which is forced onto girls sometimes as young as 10 years old.
The following statement is from Marie O’Connor and the Survivors of Symphysiotomy.
Survivors of Symphysiotomy are dismayed at the Government’s failure to engage with their demands, following their meeting with Minister James Reilly this afternoon. ‘Despite our best efforts, we failed to get clarification on any aspect of what is a pre-determined process’, said Marie O’Connor, Chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS).
No need to change the constitution to allow for terminations where there is a fatal foetal abnormality.
There are many cases of fatal foetal abnormality. We know there are enough for a Liverpool hospital to make special provision for Irish women in these circumstances. The current regime deprives women of a full consultation with their medical practitioners in Ireland. Those women who decide to travel they have to locate a hospital in another jurisdiction that will treat them. 90% of the Irish population support the right to terminations in instances of fatal foetal abnormality.
On the first anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s tragic and untimely death, I would like to extend my sincere condolences and solidarity to Praveen Halappanavar and his family and friends. I also salute his courage and fortitude in continuing his painful fight to find out exactly why Savita died and who was responsible. I remain outraged however, that Savita died as she did; and that the laws which were the cause of her death are still in place and remain a threat to the lives of other women in Ireland.