Yvonne Ni Mhurchú

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Recent blog posts written by Yvonne Ni Mhurchú

But you can’t be a feminist if…

Choices choices choices, that’s what life is all about isn’t it?  From what subjects you take in school, when or if you should have children to what you are going to eat for your lunch.  Life is about making choices.  Obviously, some choices are trivial and mundane but others have the power to completely change […]

The long and winding road to abortion legislation in Ireland

Reading all of the “he said” “she said” opinions relating to the ‘controversial’ abortion Bill in Ireland is enough to make your head spin.  Since the untimely and unnecessary death of Savita Halappanavar there has been almost constant discussion on the subject of abortion here.  When or if terminations should be allowed under a whole […]

How are children supposed to know about boundaries and consent when there are mixed signals everywhere?

When I was a young the first I heard about sex and all that jazz was through friends.  Most of what they ‘knew’ isn’t worth speaking of now but as far as I was aware at the time they were fountains of knowledge on the matter and not to be questioned.  I went to a […]

Rape Culture Fatigue

Over the last few weeks I have said the word ‘rape’ so many times I have lost count.  It isn’t just the re-telling of one story; it is the telling of several stories of women and girls being treated so savagely by fellow human beings.  There has been one horrific story after another of an […]

The women who have inspired me!

I could not write about all of the women who have inspired me in some way throughout my life without first mentioning the women closest to me.  My mother for many reasons but mostly because she instilled in me one of the most important things I learned growing up; respect.  Having respect for myself and […]

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson!

Mary Robinson: highly educated, civil and human rights campaigner, feminist, passionate, driven, courageous and the first female President of Ireland.  The more you learn about her the more you cannot help but admire her.  Throughout her life she has never been afraid to stand up for what she believes in and was at the root […]

Savita Halappanavar’s Death Will Not Be In Vain

Wednesday November 13th the entire country of Ireland and most of the world was rocked by the news that a woman in an Irish hospital died after being denied a termination for a baby she was already miscarrying.  She was 31 years old, she was a dentist and her name was Savita Halappanavar.  As an […]

Let’s Talk About Victim Blaming

After seeing a rather offensive ad on the internet about rape and victim blaming made by police, I decided to throw my two cents into the mix about this quite frankly enraging matter. To me victim blaming is somewhat of a paradox.  If you are a victim it is because something unwanted happened to you […]

Breaking the Cycle: Standing Up Against Domestic Violence

Around the world different months have different observances and of course October is no exception.  Two of Octobers best known observances are for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence.  A vast majority of people will know the symbol associated with Breast Cancer Awareness is universally a pink ribbon but not as many will know that there […]

A Y Chromosome Sense of Entitlement

After becoming frustrated, angered and upset at yet another piece I read about the abuse and harassment women have to put up with on a daily basis, I got to thinking. All of the great groups there are out there working to combat this sort of disgusting behavior are headed by women, run by women and […]