Focus Podcast: Women On The March

Following the successful referendum to remove the 8th amendment from the Irish constitution, Ireland has become a beacon of hope for women in other parts of the work where abortions are prohibited or allowed in very specific cases, which means that women are too often forced to risk their lives and health as they undertake unsafe procedures in unsanitary conditions, often resulting in infection, permanent reproductive health disabilities and death. The programme will examine the current situation in Ireland and how the legalisation of abortion has inspired other women organisations working on reproductive health in Mexico.


  1. Maeve Taylor, Director of Advocacy and Communications with the Irish Family Planning Association, Her role involves advocacy in relation to Irish law and policy and overseas development policy.  She has a background in adult education, with a focus on gender, development and human rights. Maeve holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in human rights law from Queen’s University, Belfast.
  2. María Luisa Sánchez Fuentes, former Director of the Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE, Information Group on Reproductive Choice), and organisation that has helped place women’s reproductive rights on the political agenda, keeping this debate alive despite an adversarial context. María Luisa has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Produced by Mark Malone (Communication at Comhlamh) and Sally Galiana (Near FM)

Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.