Capturing a crucial moment for women’s rights, The 8th tells the incredible story of how Ireland overturned one of the world’s most restrictive laws on abortion. Led by the fiercely passionate Ailbhe Smyth, Ireland’s pro-choice movement must radically shift tactics to carry a traditionally conservative electorate over the line. Their efforts are particularly complex in the context of Ireland’s strong religious roots and historical mistreatment of women and children. Essential viewing in an era of global rollbacks on women’s bodily autonomy rights, this extraordinary film delivers a lesson in the power of grassroots activism and amplifies the voices of women across ages and backgrounds who refuse to stand down.
“It’s actually about more than what you’re voting on – while we’re voting on reproductive health care, it’s also about the value we’re giving women in Irish society, saying we do value them and we do trust them.” - Andrea Horan, The 8th
Join us for a digital film festival screening + live Q&A. Watch the film at your own pace, or join us for a shared viewing experience.
Friday, June 19
5:20 PM EDT – Start watching the film
6:55 PM EDT – 5 min break – get your questions ready and re-fill your beverage!
7:00 PM EDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Aideen Kane, HRW’s Americas Researcher for Women’s Rights Ximena Casas & special guests. Moderated by HRW’s senior legal advisor Aisling Reidy. Register here
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