Food for Thought and Repealing Ireland’s Abortion Law: Lessons for Progressive Social Movements?

“I have some food in my bag for you
Not that edible food, the food you eat
No, I have some food for thought.
– Erykah Badu

Food For Thought is our take on afternoon tea, an opportunity to feed our bellies and minds every Thursday here at Impact Hub Birmingham.

Join us as we gather around the workbench and discuss key themes and ideas each week, hosted by the community over tea and cake!


Repealing Ireland’s Abortion Law: Lessons for Progressive Social Movements?

This week’s Food for Thought will be hosted by Impact Hub Birmingham Member Pauline Roche and Mairead Enright from University of Birmingham.

Pauline and Mairead will be discussing the Repeal movement in Ireland, which in May 2018 successfully organised for a vote to remove the effective legal prohibition on abortion from the constitution. It will consider where the demand for legal change came from and explore how the Repeal movement translated concepts from human rights law into accessible political language. Paying particular attention to campaigns for church accountability for gendered institutional violence, it will also explore how the Repeal movement adapted emerging ideas about Irish nationhood to challenge older nationalisms rooted in conservative Catholicism and virtuous motherhood.


Pauline Roche is MD of social enterprise RnR Organisation which has been based at Impact Hub Birmingham since we opened. She works in the UK tech for good ecosystem to increase digital and data literacy amongst organisations for social good. Pauline also organises events supporting Irish Women in Birmingham. She is from Oranmore in Co. Galway.


Mairead Enright is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham, and has been active as a public legal educator in the campaign for abortion law reform in Ireland for a number of years. She is originally from Tarbert in Co. Kerry.



Food for Thought is free for Impact Hub Birmingham members to attend and £5 for non members.
If you’re not a member, you can book your ticket via eventbrite here.

If you are interested in hosting a conversation or activity of your own at a future Food For Thought, please do get in touch.


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Date & Time

September 20, 2018 | 15:00 to 16:00


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: £5

Updated on 18 September 2018