Health Focus: International Women’s Day
In this week’s Health Focus, to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, BBC Newsline talks to Mary Crawford from the Brook Advisory Clinic about what the women’s liberation movement has meant for women here.
Today marks the centenary of International Women’s Day, a day when people celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.
When it comes to women’s health a lot has changed in this part of the world, even within the past few decades.
Until 1985 contraceptives could not be bought in the Republic, so men and women travelled to get them in family planning clinics and chemists in the north.
But when they returned, they were often confiscated by customs, as the footage, below, from a 1971 edition of BBC Panorama shows.
In 1971, Panorama reported on the struggle for women in the Republic of Ireland to get access to contraceptives. Laws in the South meant that they had to come up on the train from Dublin to buy contraceptives in Belfast. these were often promptly confiscated once back in Dublin.
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