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Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of reports of people being abused verbally and physically for their public support of voting Yes or No in the upcoming referendum. 

Anna Cosgrave, founder of the Repeal Project and vocal activist for women's rights, gave her online followers an example of this abuse. 

Uploading a video to her Instagram and Twitter, the Repeal founder highlighted some of the narrative surrounding the opinions of one particular No voter. 

Anna maintained the anonymity of the person in the video who hurls abuse at Anna on the street by not showing the woman's face. 

'God will punish you, you're the Anti Christ. Tiny little gifts from God ye want to see murdered,'  the woman yelled. 

'You dont punish a little child for the sin that the mother couldn't keep the legs closed.'

'We have created a society that advocates this mentality,' Anna wrote when uploading the video.

'It’s not our fault. It’s those that have refused to engage with reality. “ don’t punish the baby when the mother couldn’t keep her legs closed”'

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The March for Choice is kicking off next weekend, and while the most important thing is just to show up, we have been considering what we're going to wear. 

As well as being there, we want to show our support for the Abortion Rights Campaign by donating to the campaign, and making our pro-choice opinion visible through what we don on the day. 

Luckily, there has been a new drop of feminist, pro-choice merch online, and we're all about it. 

Uterus Prime was created in September 2016 by Dublin based architect and artist Rae Moore. 

The design is being utilised to raise awareness and funds for the Abortion Rights Campaign. 

The graphic design has a unique twist on an image of the female reproductive system, combining it with Transformers hero, Optimus Prime.

Uteris Prime fights for women's reporoductive rights, and believes that 'bodily autonomy is the right of all sentient beings.'

The 6th Annual March for Choice, takes place on Saturday the 30th of September, assembling at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square from 1.30pm, before a march on Dáil Éireann at 2pm. (if you can't make it you can catch it on the SHEmazing social media on the day)

If you want to represent your stance through your clothing and want to donate to the Abortion Rights Campaign, these concept conscious pieces are an option. 

You can find them online here.

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The Repeal Project has inspired many artists to get creative in support of one of the most prevalent issues of our time. 

Furthering the reproductive and body autonomy rights of women, the Repeal Project has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness for the pro-choice cause, and now one artist is raising further awareness in a pretty unique way. 

The Repeal jumpers were a huge success, with every batch selling out as pro-choicers clamoured to wear their political beliefs across their chests. 

Now, thanks to artist and Trinity student Shubhangi Karmakar, supporters can wear the slogan around their necks while simultaneously donating to the cause. 

The Repealist is the chosen moniker for her online store, where she creates made to order necklaces, tote bags and wall art with a Repeal theme.

It's the acrylic and wood Repeal necklaces that really caught our eye.

 

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Best of all, the proceeds go to The Repeal Project at the end of the month. 

The first batch is currently sold out, but Shubhangi is already taking orders for a brand new batch. 

We'll be adding our name to that list ASAP, especially with the March for Choice coming up next month. 

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The Citizens’ Assembly have voted this afternoon to 'replace or amend' the 8th amendment rather than repeal it entirely. 

In a 56 per cent majority, the assembly feel that legislation to change or replace the 8th amendment is needed.

There will now be a third ballot presented to the assembly to distinguish how the article should be replaced or amended.

Two types of replacement or amendment are possible, the first option is that it should be replaced with a constitutional provision that explicitly authorises only the Oireachtas to legislate to address both termination of pregnancy and any rights of the unborn.

This provision would grant the government the exclusive power to make or amend law on these issues.

The second option decrees that the 8th amendment should be replaced or amended with a new constitutional provision that directly addresses both termination of pregnancy and any rights of the unborn.

This constitutional provision, as interpreted by the courts, would limit the law-making power of the parliament.

The voting will begin on Ballot 3 at 1.20pm, and the results can be expected at 5.20pm this evening. 

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The Repeal Project continues to fight for body autonomy for Irish women, and their latest video campaign is no exception. 

The campaigners have created an incredible new short film that poignantly captures the emotions of the fight to repeal the 8th amendment. 

The video was directed by Laragh McCann. 

 

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Shot in black and white, like many of the Repeal Project's campaigns,  the video shows a group of Irish women using dance to express the issue of abortion rights. 

'I hope that the piece, as well as encouraging sisterhood and solidarity as we endure hardships together, also encourages a bridge of understanding from people who are very clear about being pro choice, to those who are in a grey area,' said the director. 

The film comes at a pivotal moment, as today the Citizens’ Assembly will vote on whether or not to amend current legislation surrounding abortion in Ireland. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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The last few tickets are remaining for a massive night in support of the Repeal Project.

A Night in the Key of 8 is happening this Sunday, April 23, in the Olympia Theatre, and all proceeds go towards funding the Repeal Project. 

La Galaxie has just been announced as another amazing act on the night, along with David Gray, Mary Black, Neil Hannon, Camille O'Sullivan, Loah, Lisa O'Neill,Printer Clips featuring Paul Noonan and Guests, Roisin O and Wyvern Lingo.

They will be joined by contributions from drag artist Panti,  activist Ailbhe Smyth, writers Roisin Ingle and Una Mullally, and comedian Tara Flynn.

'I set up Repeal Project, with the intention of opening up a conversation around reproductive rights in Ireland, as I had become so disillusioned, upset and frustrated that every day up to 11 women were being failed by our State,' said Anna Cosgrove, Repeal Project founder.

'As an a-political outerwear initiative, that sought to give a very hidden issue more visibility, the project has encouraged women to come forward sharing their stories and is now acting as a much needed fundraising mechanism for organisations in need of funding.'

Tickets for the event are €28.50 including booking fee, and are available from Ticketmaster. 

As if the line-up wasn't great enough, the cause is one that supports and drives the visibility of women's rights in Ireland, and has tirelessly fought to secure body autonomy for Irish women.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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The fight to secure bodily autonomy for Irish women has not died down since the success of the Strike 4 Repeal.

This Friday, the Repeal Project is bringing together their supporters for a Gals Gig for Repeal, the second event of its kind.

The event, which will be held in the Grand Social, will feature the Repeal Project founder Anna Cosgrave as MC, and she will be ushering to the stage a range of wonderful acts. 

Musicians such as Orla Gartland, Girlfriend, Maija Sofia, Melina Malone, and Ruth Mac will be showcasing their musical prowess on the night. 

Clara Rose Thornton will be on stage to perform a spoken word piece, and Laura Byrne will be on hand to portray her comedic talents. 

The event will sit side-by-side with a popup exhibition on the theme of feminist resistance, which sounds amazing. 

The majority of proceeds from the €9.00 tickets will go to The Abortion Support Network.

The remainder will go towards the Eight Stories campaign, which is working to raise awareness for the campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite, and if your'e hoping to head along, note that this is a strictly over 18s event. 

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Thousands of Irish women marked International Women's Day by taking to the streets in both the strike and march to repeal the 8th amendment.

The Repeal Project has gone from strength to strength since its conception, and supporters of the movement can be identified by their distinguishable black slogan jumper.

Unfortunately, the jumpers have been out of stock for months, despite the demand for them.

 

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Aside from a Repeal pop-up in Nine Crows last December, the jumpers have been notoriously tricky to get ahold of since last summer.

Luckily, for those who still hanker to get their hands on one, the Repeal Project has announced that they will be restocking their online store on April 23. 

The store previously sold the jumpers as well as T-shirts, and even hinted at some snazzy bomber jackets. 

 

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The proceeds from the sales go to The Abortion Rights Campaign Ireland, so you can now sartorially support the cause while donating to it financially.

People have been going to great lengths to get their hands on the jumpers, and SHEmazing! even previously exposed a black market of counterfeit jumpers

Mak your calendars if you've been waiting all these months to get your hands on the real deal. 

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Massive crowds gathered on O'Connell Street at the Strike 4 Repeal to rally against the 8th amendment to the constitution on March 8.

Dublin city centre was brought to a standstill twice, as up to 8000 people participated in the strike, with a further 11,000 participated in the later march. 

"We've been really overwhelmed with the amount of people here today," Claire Brophy, one of the strike organisers commented on the day. 

While the strike made international headlines, some activists felt that there was a distinct silence from some of Ireland's broadcasters.

RTÉ covered the strike, but organisers of a new event feel that the strike was discussed all too briefly, and have decided to call attention to their perceived discrepancies.

RTÉ Recognition 4 Repeal is a new event doing the rounds online, and it calls for Repeal protesters to picket outside the RTÉ studios to demand more extensive coverage of the issue.

The Facebook event has already garnered interest from hundreds of potential picketers in the 24 hours since its conception.  

"On March 8th thousands of us around the country and abroad demonstrated our urgent demand for a repeal of the 8th amendment," reads the event manifesto.

"The events of that day made international headlines but once again our national broadcaster failed to cover the repeal movement properly."

"RTE cannot get away with ignoring us and refusing to show the truth: that we are many and we will not wait."

"Think that the rise in price of stamps is more important to cover than the strike? Think again," finishes the statement, making reference to the broadcaster's coverage of other issues over the Strike 4 Repeal. 

The event is a call-to-arms for protesters, and it requests the picketers be outside RTÉ, ready to rally, at 4.30pm on Monday. 

"We're hoping that by bringing the story to them, RTE will have no choice but to show some actual coverage," said event organiser Eva Griffin, who is currently undertaking her Masters in UCD. 

"We need our national broadcaster to show us so that those undecided on whether to support the repeal campaign can get an idea of who we are and what we're doing."

"I had the idea on Thursday evening and by the end of the night we had over 100 people attending. There's still a few days to go and we're only just ramping up on the media front so who knows how many will turn up."

"It was very disheartening to see the action on Wednesday get international coverage and then a measly slot on RTE that didn't do justice to the amount of people, passion and effort that went into it," she said.

"As our state-funded national broadcaster, their refusal to cover the movement properly speaks volumes. By not showing us, they're engaging in bias by omission, and I would imagine it's all in the name of 'balance' in the debate, which is not a good enough excuse."

"What I do know is that we are an incredibly passionate group of people who refuse to stay silent on these matters, and after seeing a small group of people rise up to organise the strike, I realised that self-organisation is key. I've never organised a picket or political event, but it turns out all you need is a Facebook event, some supportive friends and a lot of tweets."

When asked about the recognition of the Repeal Project in the media, Eva said: "We've been referred to as 'pro-abortion campaigners' when what we're really striving for is the right to bodily autonomy."

"We're not asking anyone to get an abortion and that message needs to stop being spread."

The picket is set to go ahead at 4.30pm until 7pm on Monday outside the RTÉ studios in Dublin 4. 

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Today is International Women's Day, and so it is only fitting that this afternoon, thousands of Irish women will gather on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin to participate in the Strike 4 Repeal

Similar gatherings will be happening all over the country, but before this morning's pickets began,  a few key characters in Dublin's cityscape were already striking. 

On your commute today, you may have noticed that some of Dublin's statues were obscured with black fabric. 

These statues are a symbol of solidarity from the Strike 4 Repeal movement for the 10-12 Irish women who must travel to the UK and further everyday to procure safe abortion practices.

The statues, veiled in black and carrying lightning bolts, the symbol of the movement, are cloaked and striking in alliance to represent how ingrained in Irish society the problem of reproductive rights is. 

In existence but rarely acknowledged, much like the statues, according to Strike 4 Repeal activists. 

The statues were obscured by volunteers of the movement, who were up at the crack of dawn to ensure that the statement would be in place for those who are unable to strike today to see on their way to work.

"We wanted to take a direct action that would make a visual impact," said one activist. 

"Visibility is very important because women who get an abortion in the UK or abroad, they return to a country that is full of stigma where no one talks about it."

"We targeted key monuments to make people aware of the strike. Those who are unable to strike will see the lightning bolt symbol and be reminded of what is going on in town later today," she finished. 

"Let us go out to march today to let out the truth that Ireland is not a safe place for women and pregnant persons," reads a statement on the Strike 4 Repeal Instagram page.  

"That our government is failing us in providing essential reproductive healthcare. That the life of anyone who is pregnant cannot be prioritised because of the 8th Amendment and that tragedies happen."

"That women have been told their physical and mental health must take a backseat. This is what every tourist, visitor, student, and worker to Ireland must know and every Irish person must consider. No more sweeping us under the carpet."

The Strike 4 Repeal movements "Meet me on the Bridge" video campaign has gone viral this week, with over 370,000 views and thousands of likes. 

The strike is happening today, kicking off at 10.30am in a picket at the Department of Justice and culminating in a mass gathering on O'Connell Bridge at 12.30am. 

SHEmazing! will be at the strike, so follow us on Snapchat @shemazingie and keep an eye on our Facebook for live updates. 

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An NUI Galway student has told SHEmazing! she was removed from an academic conference attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny – for wearing a Repeal The 8th jumper.

The female 2nd year student added that she was escorted from the university building by An Garda Síochána and a security guard.

Yesterday evening, a group of 25-30 students was hosting a peaceful protest calling attention to the abortion rights campaign. It is claimed, however, that the removed student was not involved in this activity.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was visiting NUI Galway to open the international academic conference as part of the Irish 2016 Centenary Programme. Called 1916-2016: The Promise And Challenge Of National Sovereignty, it was held in the Bailey Allen Hall and was free and open to the public.

The student, who this morning was in contact with SHEmazing! but has asked not to be named, arrived intending to work on an academic project with a number of other students in a meeting room of the building. She says that she stopped briefly to watch the protest.

A number of protesters began chanting as Mr Kenny arrived, and the student added that at this stage she went to return to the meeting room. 

"Gardaí came upstairs and removed the [protesters] and then came into our room. We told them we were not part of the protest," she revealed. 

"A security guard then pointed to the Repeal jumper and asked 'what's that?'

"I replied saying that I am in fact a student and not a protester. My fellow students defended me saying it was merely a coincidence," she continued. 

She says she was then escorted out by two gardaí and a security guard. 

"I honestly felt very threatened in that room; they were very condescending.I feel that Garda-force was unnecessary and that we would not have been removed if it hadn't been for my jumper.

 

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"We were all very upset by the events last night.

"I understand that because of the protest there were worries and tensions surrounding the Taoiseach's well-being but it could have been handled in a much more civil manner, without causing hurt and confusion," the student added. 

Hazel Nolan, who posted a video from the conference to Twitter, said: "I'm auditor of UCD For Choice so it's great to see other colleges taking opportunities like this to protest about the 8th amendment.

"However, escorting someone from their own college, when they weren't even protesting, for wearing a certain jumper is ludicrous."

A Garda spokesperson told SHEmazing! that "an Garda Siochana were present to police this event and ensure there was no breach of the peace. No arrests were made by Gardaí."

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Move over bomber jackets and embroidered boots, the most sought after style item on the Irish market has to be the Repeal The 8th jumper.

Yup, as Irish people donned the black jumpers and T-shirts en masse to show their support for the cause it became clear that wearing your political beliefs on your sleeve (literally) has never been more stylish.

The jumpers first went on sale in July, as part of a campaign to bring visibility to the issue of abortion rights – still one of Ireland's most controversial conflicts. 

 

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The jumpers, along with T-shirts, were hugely popular and sold out in mere days.

However, if you missed them during the summer there is some good news: the items are now returning… and we can't wait to get out hands on one.

Nine Crows, arguably one of Ireland's top vintage retailers, has teamed up with Repeal The 8th to host a pop-up at both their Dublin and Galway stores.

 

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The events are happening tomorrow, Thursday the November 10, between 6-8pm.

Nine Crows will continue to sell the Repeal merchandise after tomorrow's launch, which includes jumpers, T-shirts and tote bags, along with a few other 'surprises'.

And yes, we're keeping our fingers crossed that one of those surprises is the long awaited Repeal The 8th bomber jacket!

The threads won't be available online, but according to the Repeal Project's Instagram, the online store should be back up and running next month, so even if you can't make it down to Nine Crows you should be able to snap one up very soon. 

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