Through the Looking Glass of the 8th Amendment: A Historical Analysis of its Conception, Gestation and Birth

Ireland has a shameful history of its treatment of women. From the Magdalene laundries, to Mother and Baby homes, to the Tuam baby scandal and black markets for adopted babies, Ireland has done its best to sweep the lingering dirt of its past under the rug. Somehow, this image does not fit with the carefully … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass of the 8th Amendment: A Historical Analysis of its Conception, Gestation and Birth

Beyond the Belfast Rape Trial Verdict: Some Recommendations for the Creation of a Consent Culture

In the aftermath of the acquittal of all four defendants in the Belfast Rape Trial, there has been an outcry that the criminal justice system as it currently stands in prosecuting sexual assault and rape cases is failing women. I couldn’t agree more. But in actual fact, it is failing all parties. Can we ever … Continue reading Beyond the Belfast Rape Trial Verdict: Some Recommendations for the Creation of a Consent Culture

Should we have Reservations about Reservations?

An analysis of the impact of reservations for women in Panchayati Raj Institutions drawing from field observations in Uttar Pradesh It has almost been three decades since the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act 1992 was passed, which granted 33% reservation for women in Panchayati Raj institutions (PRI). The move was heralded as “a watershed in the history of … Continue reading Should we have Reservations about Reservations?