if a woman is an Irish speaker but her rights to live her life in Irish are denied what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman’s father was killed during the conflict and she is denied truth or justice, what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman is caring for a disabled child and her benefits are cut so she can no longer eat and heat what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman cannot achieve a third level education because all childcare has been removed what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman cannot report an assault on her body because she knows the system is still too appalling to engage what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman stays in a home where she suffers physical and mental violence because refuges are closed by cuts what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman must raise her children in a hotel room because they have no prospect of a real home what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman is under threat of deportation back to oppression and poverty what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman has to book a flight to England and get into debt to access healthcare what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman is called names because of her race or religion what does this anniversary mean?

If a woman dies of preventable diseases because of under investment in healthcare what does this anniversary mean?

This anniversary marks the benefit to some but to Irish women caught on the wrong side of partition, the poor and dispossessed their particular experience of womanhood has never been addressed properly. Irish Republican feminism has always led the way on what is now called intersectionality. I am used to calling it making a difference in the whole of real lives. For women who cannot afford to separate rights as they are all too important.  I look forward to true emancipation and equality. We are a long way off.

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