19 March 1998 Edition

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SF workshop for International Women's Day

Women from Kurdistan, Germany and Britain joined with various women's groups from across Ireland, justice groups and Sinn Féin women from Monaghan, Cavan, Donegal and Dublin in Fermanagh to celebrate International Women's Day on the weekend before last. During the day a series of workshops were run by Sinn Féin's womens department and focused on topics such as sectarian murders, harassment, border roads, Orange marches and the talks process.

The workshops were addressed by local women's groups, FARM, the Garvaghy Road Residents Association, residents of Newtownbutler and Roslea, local Sinn Fein councillors Ruth Lynch and Geraldine Cassidy and Michele Gildernew from Sinn Fein's International Department.

Diane Hamill spoke of the murder of her brother Robert in Portadown last year and the subsequent release of five of the six loyalists charged with the killing. Lurgan solicitor Rosemary Nelson spoke about the campaign of intimidation and death threats against her.

The Kurdish women spoke of their continued struggle for recognition against the ``tyranny of hostile governments'' and the participation of women in the struggle for liberation.

An Phoblacht
44 Parnell Sq.
Dublin 1

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