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Comparative Perspectives on Gender ViolenceLessons From Efforts Worldwide$
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Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199346578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.001.0001

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An American in St. Patrick’s Court

An American in St. Patrick’s Court

Gender Violence, Gender Inequality, and the Irish Feminist Response

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Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence

Kris McDaniel-Miccio

Oxford University Press

Gender violence in Ireland must be understood against the backdrop of the Irish struggle for independence, the development of Republican government in Ireland, and the relationship between church and State. Early Irish feminists fought for gender equality, the eradication of poverty, and the elimination of income inequality; later grassroots struggles centered on the rights of women to be secure in their bodies. Although legal protections for women were passed in the 1970s, change was difficult and incremental. Grassroots feminists in Ireland understood the intersectional nature of their struggle, focusing on gender, class, race, and sexual orientation. They are using international human rights laws and the positive rights enumerated in the Irish constitution to protect women from male violence and from the State’s failure to respond to such violence.

Keywords:   Ireland, intersectionality, human rights, positive rights, religion, gender violence

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