Events to mark International Women's Day today

Sabina Higgins

Today is International Women's Day and thousand of events are being held across the globe to raise awareness of female issues.

In Dublin, Ireland's First Lady Sabina Higgins will join the National Women's Council on O'Connell Street as they hold a soapbox on topics such as marriage equality, childcare and reproductive rights.

On Dame Street, a variety of groups including the Abortion Rights Campaign, ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) and the USI will hold a rally at 1pm in opposition to violence against women.

It comes as a recent EU survey shows one in three women have experienced physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15.

Some campaigners are also calling for greater rights when it comes to abortion in Ireland.

"Almost a year and a half after the death of Savita Halappanavar, and still health is not a grounds for safe and legal termination," said Laura Fitzgerald, spokesperson for ROSA.

"The 8th Amendment, which equates the life of a woman with the life of the foetus, is still in the constitution.

"It's 2014, it's time to separate church and State, and end church influence on our laws and healthcare of women.

"That's another extremely important reason for women to protest today."

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