Is mise Cara Park.
I am used to speaking publicly but I am a little nervous about this speech as it is so essential to me.
I have constantly desired to do this and I am not sure if I will get the opportunity once again so if you could humour me, I want to let out a scream.
A scream of disappointment.
A scream of solidarity to my fellow lady who are not able to express themselves in this kind of a vogue, who are suffering injustice and discrimination.
If you would join in a cry/a keen for other women who are suffering.
I stand ahead of you today as a female unfree, in spite of the area of my birth here in the European Union, a colony of the British empire, the island of Ireland, Eire.
This is since I do not have the identical rights as my sisters in other elements of these conglomerate nations. I am officially a citizen of the United Kingdom but the same freedom of reproductive decision is not awarded to me.
An bhfuil sin cothrom? [Is this fair?]
I was going to put on a chastity belt right now as a symbol of sexual slavery but I do not want to use a gimmicky prop to signify a severe act of oppression towards the female population of this island.
I am wearing quite little clothing.
By dressing like this, does that right away make me a “slut”, a “slag”, a “dolly bird”, a “whore”, a “loose” woman?
Am I letting the side down by sporting lipstick, fake tan, dyeing my hair, exhibiting my nipples?
I am expressing my femininity.
Does that make me superficial?
Need to I be in a position to dress how I like and not face discrimination?
This could seem like a superficial, trivial matter, but it is not.
Men and females have fought and some have died in the suffragist struggle to award me this kind of freedom of expression.
Other women in the planet are not so lucky.
Some men in this society are not so lucky.
This is a symptom of a really severe difficulty.
Putting them in boxes.
Identifying with symbols.
Flags, groups, teams, sides.
What side are you on?
I am a solution of the two the Protestant and Catholic communities.
I relate to the two and belong to neither.
I am not a republican. I am not a unionist. I am a humanist.
I feel we are so distracted by tribal rituals that we overlook to address the genuine inequalities, oppression, racism, gender discrimination that some of our laws uphold.
For instance, the gay blood ban.
The fact that I can not talk my native language in a court area.
An bhfuil sin cothrom?
The truth that I am objectified, vilified if I appear overtly sexual.
Sex is a dirty word, we do not speak about sex right here. Hush, hush.
Well possibly we need to.
I have intercourse.
I am a attractive girl.
I explained it.
I am not ashamed.
We all are born of intercourse.
Hiding the reality helps no a single.
Probably if we have been much more open about sex, if it was not deemed a mortal sin and young children have been offered suitable, informative sex education, then so numerous rapists would not have gotten away with sexually abusing our ladies, males and young children more than the years.
It is the shame that has guarded rapists and sadists who have carried out hideous sexual acts against victims.
The shame of confessing, the dirty strategies, the lifetimes ruined by abuse.
We need to educate our children and remove the associated guilt of the victims.
End the tyranny of sexual shaming.
The primary point I wished to raise is about a woman’s right to select.
The Offences Towards the Particular person Act which criminalises females for taking their fertility in their very own hands.
The patriarchal laws and the predominantly male enforcers of mentioned archaic acts of parliaments condemn us criminals if we terminate our pregnancies.
We are forced to break the law, go to other components of the Uk on illicit journeys, incorporating secrecy and criminality to presently traumatic scenarios.
We are forced to lie to medical doctors.
Conceal our shame.
An bhfuil sin cothrom?
We can argue that this is because we are in Ireland, an outstanding place historically, a Christian country. If we are to attribute the suppression of female autonomy as a upholding of fundamentalist Christian values, let me inform or remind you that abortion is not pointed out in the Bible.
It is a social construction, a lot like the compulsory hair covering in Muslim countries. Burqas, hijabs, gloves are not talked about in the Qur’an either.
One more act of suppression on the female type.
But the oppression of girls by refusal to apply the Abortion Act 1967 is probably the 1 level that the opposing conservative events can agree on.
An bhfuil sin cothrom?
I am calling for the patriarchal laws to be transformed and affirmative action taken. We are in a lucky place here in Ireland in contrast with other regimes, in spite of dealing with a lifetime in prison for having an abortion. We need to use the relative freedom we possess, like the freedom of speech, to vocalise our struggle and help other individuals much less lucky.
We must not grow to be complacent! The struggle is not in excess of! Carry on the fight for equality in the encounter of informal misogyny, bodily misogyny and, most importantly, resist and revolt against misogyny by the state.
Equal rights for girls means equal rights for all! Continue the suffrage, assistance other ladies, do not be complicit in the commodification of the female kind, do not judge other ladies in how they dress, who they have sex with, their sense of humour, the books they have read through etc. We have to unite as collective force and fight the patriarchal powers as an alternative of dividing ourselves into feminist sub-groups.
Do not let the superficial age we live in divide and conquer us, unify, organise, protest, demonstrate, enjoy your neighbours, celebrate distinctions. We owe it to our suffragist brothers and sisters who have fought for the rights we have right now.
Make abortion cost-free, protected and legal.
Corp s’agam, Ré s’agam. My body, my option.
Equal rights for all.
• This is the text of a speech provided at an International Women’s Day event at the Stormont assembly