Happy International Women's Day 2017!
Today we celebrate what it means to be female, and all of those who identify as such. Today, strikes are planned across the United States (see A Day Without A Woman) in protest of the Trump administration, and the 45th President's blatant misogyny.
Here in Ireland, we're striking for the Repeal the 8th campaign - a campaign striving and fighting for much-needed rights to bodily autonomy for Irish women.
In the past few decades, Ireland has progressed extensively as a country. From the widespread legalisation of contraception in the 1980s, divorce in the 1990s, and of same-sex marriage by popular vote in 2015, it seems like we're on the right track.
But as we watched, horrified, as stomach-churning reports from Tuam unfolded before our eyes, we were reminded - rather sharply - that we still have a long way to go.
As Ireland progresses ever so slowly forward, we are constantly reminded of our dark, and horrific past - in this case, how brutally mothers and their children were treated at the hands of the Catholic Church, and the Irish government, in these homes.
There are undeniable parallels between our past and present. I know I've spoken about it at length here before, but Bunreacht na hÉireann's Eighth Amendment still holds control over women's bodies, and denies us the right to make our own choices, to freedom of self-determination.
On this International Women's Day, I'm striking for the women that suffer under the oppressive control of the Eighth Amendment. I'm thinking of the women across the globe who face discrimination and oppression across all levels.
Ní saoirse go saoirse na mban. Lá Idirnáisiúnta na mBan shona daoibh, a chairde.
, by Ciara Pollock