Blog Archive | Women's Rights

Students’ unions should stand firm on abortion

Posted on September 25, 2017

Raising 'Repeal the 8th', gender quotas and 1916 women on the NWCI Soapbox

Almost 30 years ago, I was threatened with prison by SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children). It was September 1989. I was president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), and SPUC were seeking to imprison our four TCDSU sabbatical officers for providing information on abortion in our students’ union handbooks during Freshers’ Week.

A few years previously, the 1983 Eighth Amendment had been passed, equating the lives of “mother” and “unborn”.

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Posted in: ConstitutionEducationEqualityHealthHuman RightsJusticeNewsWomen's Rights

NERI report shows a living wage is key to tackling gender pay gap

Posted on July 14, 2016

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A study by the Nevin Economic Research Institute has shown that almost three quarters of people earning the minimum wage in Ireland are women.

The disproportionately high number of women earning the minimum wage clearly demonstrates the need to introduce a living wage to help tackle the gender pay gap.

This government has completely taken its eye of the ball when it comes to improving pay and conditions for low paid workers. It is extremely disappointing there is no commitment in the programme for government to introduce a living wage.

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Posted in: EconomyNewsWomen's Rights

Calling for urgent action on UN Human Rights Committee Ruling on Abortion

Posted on June 15, 2016

Launch of the Labour Women Repeal the 8th Amendment

Speaking this morning in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik called for an urgent response from the Taoiseach and the Government to the ruling last week by the UN Human Rights Committee that Ireland had breached the rights of the applicant Amanda Mellet due to the prohibition in Irish law of termination of pregnancy under the Eighth Amendment, even in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

Commending Amanda Mellet and the Termination for Medical Reasons group for their courage in taking their application to the UN and in raising the issue of fatal foetal abnormality, Senator Bacik said:

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Posted in: EqualityHuman RightsJusticeNewsWomen's Rights

Youtube: Listen to my contribution to the Trinity 'Meet the Candidates' event

Posted on April 11, 2016

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Trinity College Dublin organised an event last week 'Meet the Candidates', where all 16 #TCDSeanadElection candidates were given 4 minutes each to speak to the audience. It was also live streamed on Periscoope TV for anyone who couldn't make it. 

I took the opportunity to run through my Trinity life, my legal career and my Seanad record. Here are my 4 minutes - #VoteIvanaBacik No.1 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF3DxLIxTpQ&nohtml5=False

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

Meet the Candidates / Ask the candidates - TCD Seanad Election 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016

Litir um thoghchán - Seanad Election 2016

Meet the candidates / Ask the candidates! 

Check out this very informative and potentially interactive webpage designed by Trinity College Dublin for the Seanad Elections 2016. Here is the link to my page! 

http://www.tcd.ie/seanad2016/candidates/ask/

 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

My best advice for everyone!

Posted on March 30, 2016

My best advice for anyone!

Trinity Students' Union asked me for some advice - here's how I'd encourage everyone! 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

#TCDLifer - Trinity College Dublin community life- Ivana Bacik is running for the Trinity Panel Seanad Elections 2016

Posted on March 21, 2016

At the Lincoln Gates, TCD heading inside for the nominations' announcement - Seanad Election 16

‪#‎TCDLifer‬ For most of the last 30 years Trinity College, Dublin has been an integral part of my daily life. I started as a student at 17, becameTrinity College Students' Union President in 1989/1990 during which I nearly went to prison for providing information on Abortion Rights along with the other officers, never missed a Trinity Ball, partied in the The Pavilion Bar, crammed in the Berkley Library Trinity College, ate chips in the The Buttery, debated in the The Phil, dined in the Common Room, rubbed shoulders with the academics, have lectured in the School of Lawsince October 1995 and in 2007 was first elected to Seanad Éireann as a Dublin University/TCD panel Senator. I would love your support to use the next 5 years to effect legislation, shape debates and bring your issues to the floor! Please consider giving me your No. 1 Vote! Vote Ivana Bacik No.1 #TCDSeanadElections

 

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

Senator Jillian van Turnhout lends her support for my Seanad Election campaign!

Posted on March 21, 2016

With my colleague Jillian Van Turnout at the RDS, Count

Senator Jillian van Turnhout lends her support for my Seanad Election campaign!

Children's Rights advocate and 'Politician of the Year 2015', Senator Jillian van Turnhout lends her support to Ivana Bacik who is running for the Dublin University Panel in the Seanad Election 2016. #SE16 #TCDSeanad #UseYourVote

A huge thanks to Jillian for her endorsement! It's been an enormous pleasure and honour to work together over the past 5 years and I have no doubt we'll get the opportunity to work collaboratively again in the future. Many thanks, Ivana. 

 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

Supporters Video: Dr Mary Henry lends her support!

Posted on March 18, 2016

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Supporters Video:  Dr. Mary Henry was a former Dublin University (Trinity) Panel Senator, former President of the Penal Reform Trust and retired medical practitioner. In this video she talks about why she is supporting my campaign. ‪#‎RepealThe8th‬ ‪#‎SE16‬ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYPndnzAXiQ 

Many thanks to Dr. Mary Henry for her call to support my ‪Dublin University Panel TCD Seanad Election‬ campaign and all her years of support to me, but more importantly the issues and her own commitment to equality, health and social justice. 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEducationEqualityHealthHuman RightsJusticeNewsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

From the Archives: Hot Press - When Hotpress met Ivana Bacik, 2012

Posted on March 14, 2016

Savita Halappanavar

From the Archives: Hot Press - When Hotpress met Ivana Bacik, 2012

This article is look back on my previous interviews but more importantly talks about the sad and tragic death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar. Paul interviewed me as thousands were gathering at government buildings to show their disgust and outrage. 

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

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