We are absolutely delighted to be joined in The Tortoise Shack by Senior Lecturer at Birmingham University, Máiréad Enright. Máiréad is especially interested in how patriarchal legal and religious structures can be resisted and changed. Her research in this respect looks beyond traditional methods of law reform to consider illegality, protest, private litigation, and experimental legal drafting. She is Co-Director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project (www.feministjudging.ie), and often consults with and advises groups campaigning around reproductive rights and historical gender-based violence in Ireland.
We discuss her phenomenal work with Lawyers for Choice on #Repealthe8th and how complicated legal argument was broken down and made accessible to everybody through social media and direct face to face contact at town hall meetings. We chat about the obstacles faced in drafting legislation and how the shortcomings in that legislation are still failing women. There is still much work to be done and Máiréad is at the coalface of striving for the necessary change required. We learned so much from Máiréad in this pod and we thank her for her selfless dedication to reproductive rights.