Community Law and Mediation in conjunction with Near FM and Coolock Library proudly facilitated a free public lecture series on women and 1916, with a focus on social justice. The events took place in Coolock Library on 24th February, 2nd March and 9th March at 6:30 pm.
In this centenary year, we wanted to recognise the contribution and role of ordinary women in the period around the Easter Rising and their impact, which can still be felt today. The purpose of this series was to get people talking and thinking about these women and not only the high profile ones – the quiet ones, the brazen ones, the funny, the tenacious. This series looked at what they did and what they weren’t allowed to do. What were their lives like, what did they read, what did they sing, what conditions did they live in? How did they agitate, both in their own lives as women and in the broader political context of the time?
The series featured contributions comparing social justice for these women and their contemporaries to the experience of women now. The lectures, delivered by historians, authors and lawyers, discussed those women involved in the Rising as well as providing a portrait of the rights of women at the time and the impact of the law on their lives. The conversations were accompanied by a wonderful performances by the Goleen singers, which was recorded and broadcast by Near FM. This lecture series gave an opportunity to the community of North Dublin and beyond to discuss, debate and reflect on the changes that have occurred in human rights and the lives of Irish women since 1916, thus remembering an often overlooked part of our history in the context of a major and defining event. The contributors provided an insight in to the influence of the period on women’s rights to this day and the influence or lack of it on the laws that govern today’s society.