YouAct: Repeal the 8th Campaign

Location: Europe (online)

Date: 2 March   Follow YouAct_Europe on Twitter

This SheDecides Day, 2 March, YouAct (the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights) stands with the women of Ireland, who continue to fight for their right to decide what to do with their bodies. Since the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, the women of Ireland have been deprived of bodily autonomy, and forced to put their health and lives at risk under a draconian system which fails to recognise their right to safe and legal abortion. Irish women have been forced to leave their country in order to access the basic healthcare that they need, while others, prevented from leaving by migration status or lack of economic means, have been forced to stay, relying on a healthcare system that does not trust women. 

YouAct endorses the mission statement of the SheDecides initiative, which states that ‘when She Decides, the world is better stronger, safer.’ With this in mind, we would like to dedicate our actions on this day to the women of Ireland. 

YouAct are standing up and speaking out in support of Irish women’s ongoing fight for the right to decide; to decide to reject oppressive and draconian social mores and legislation, to decide what to do with their bodies, and finally, in May, to decide to Repeal the 8th Amendment. 

YouAct will engage their members in sharing photos holding signs in support of the SheDecides movement relating to the Repeal the 8th campaign. The actions are dedicated to the women of Ireland to support their continuous fight for their right to decide what to do with their bodies. The photos collected will be shared on the YouAct website and social media channels.