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
Thank you to everyone who joined our digital film festival screening + live Q&A on June 19. You can still watch the film until midnight ET on June 20, and view the recording of the Q&A here on our Facebook page with filmmaker Aideen Kane, HRW’s Americas Researcher for Women’s Rights Ximena Casas, and film participants Ailbhe Smyth & Andrea Horan. Moderated by HRW’s senior legal advisor Aisling Reidy.
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