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The Sinister Fringe Festival 2017

Aisling Kenny

The Sinister Fringe Festival 2017, which took place on October 21, encouraged pro-active and pro-choice decisions and welcomed like-minded people for a special discussion at their annual event held at the Ormston House.

Speakers from different parts of the world, having different backgrounds, came down to speak and share their opinions with all assembled.

The Installations on the wall seeked to portray women during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The Installations on the wall seeked to portray women during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The gallery was decorated based on the theme of the afternoon. The artwork by Aislinn O’Keefe represented women from various walks of life in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Her art installation ‘As if she had a right to be there’ aimed at portraying women as strong individuals.

“I have used domestic products to display my art, such as tea towels and wall paper to emphasis the position of women in society now,” Ms O’Keefe said.

The discussion moved forward with speaker and activist Katia Hancke, taking the podium.

A member of the pro-choice group ROSA, among several aspects she emphasised on the need for the removal of the eighth amendment strongly.

Katia Hancke - Speaks about the Eighth Ammendment.

Katia Hancke – Speaks about the Eighth Ammendment.

“We are seven days away from commemorating the fifth year anniversary of Savita Halappanavar, who so tragically died because of the eighth amendment,” Ms Hancke stated.

Jess Spear, a US socialist activist, joined the discussion.

She gave a different perspective to the existing debate, by bringing in parallels from a similar struggle in America.

Jess Spear - Speaks about the American scenario.

Jess Spear – Speaks about the American scenario.

“In the 1940’s in the US more than a 1000 women were dying every year largely due to unsafe and self-induced abortion,” Ms Spear said.

Joining in the audience Ms Aisling Kenny, made sure her voice wasn’t ignored as she brought up a different perspective to the discussion.

Being disabled she pointed out how her rights as an individual were not even discussed when referring to women and their rights.

“Even the most radical just don’t fully realise that disabled women too need a choice,” Ms Kenny said.

Aisling Kenny

Aisling Kenny

The heated argument stood at a standstill, where it left everyone in the audience wondering.

The discussion promoted a pro-choice and independent chain of thought, but in the process also made people aware of the current scenario.

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