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The Women's Podcast, hosted by Róisín Ingle & Kathy Sheridan. Producers: Róisín Ingle, Jennifer Ryan and Suzanne Brennan.
By women, for everyone.

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The Women's Podcast, hosted by Róisín Ingle & Kathy Sheridan. Producers: Róisín Ingle, Jennifer Ryan and Suzanne Brennan.
By women, for everyone.

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    Ep 559 Repealiversary: The Unfinished Business of abortion at home and abroad

    Ep 559 Repealiversary: The Unfinished Business of abortion at home and abroad

    In today’s episode of the Women’s Podcast we are talking about abortion, exactly four years on from the referendum to repeal the Eighth. The anniversary falls at a time when abortion access is being restricted in many parts of the world and with the news that the US Supreme Court is planning to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
    In Northern Ireland, access to abortion has been available since April 2020 after new laws came into force. However the UK Government was forced to intervene recently to ensure those services are fully delivered, following Stormont’s “failure” to do so.
    In the Republic, activists like Ailbhe Smyth are calling for a full decriminalisation of abortion, in advance of a review of Ireland’s legislation on abortion. Smyth talks to Róisín Ingle about the “unfinished business” of the repeal movement and her worries about the global impact of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the US.
    They’re joined by feminist activist, Green Party Northern Ireland member and PhD researcher, Kellie Turtle.

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    Ep 558 Amy Dunne: I Am (Miss D) Amy Dunne

    Ep 558 Amy Dunne: I Am (Miss D) Amy Dunne

    In 2007, aged just 17, Amy Dunne was forced to go to the High Court to fight for her right to travel for an abortion, after a scan revealed that the baby she was carrying had a lethal abnormality and would not survive. From then on Amy became known as ‘Miss D’ and found herself at the centre of Ireland’s bitter abortion debate. Now in her 30s, Amy has written a memoir I Am Amy Dunne, reflecting on the culture of shame that she and many other Irish women have lived through. She talks to Róisín about the trauma she endured as ‘Miss D’, what she has learned from it and why no-one should ever have to experience what she went through. 
    I AM (MISS D) AMY DUNNE, written by Amy Dunne, with Orla O’Donnell, is on sale now


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    Ep 557 Women Under The Taliban: Afghanistan’s former Minister for Women’s Affairs Hasina Safi

    Ep 557 Women Under The Taliban: Afghanistan’s former Minister for Women’s Affairs Hasina Safi

    Following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, life for women and girls in Afghanistan has never been the same. Under their rule, access to education is limited, women are forced to cover their faces in public and there is a ban on nearly all paid employment. In this episode, Kathy Sheridan is joined by a woman who has sat opposite the Taliban in negotiations, former Minister for Women’s Affairs Hasina Safi. She tells Kathy about her evacuation from the country last year and her previous experience dealing with the group.
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    Ep 556 Bonnie Garmus: Lessons in Chemistry

    Ep 556 Bonnie Garmus: Lessons in Chemistry

    Lessons in Chemistry by American author Bonnie Garmus was our latest pick for the podcast book club. In a rare turn of events, our book clubbers found themselves in agreement, collectively singing the praises of this debut novel. That’s why we’re delighted to be joined by the author today, as she tells Róisín Ingle about her long road to writing success, the excitement of her book becoming an instant bestseller and how her main character Elizabeth Zott came to her one evening after a bad day at the office.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 555 Sally Hayden: My Fourth Time, We Drowned

    Ep 555 Sally Hayden: My Fourth Time, We Drowned

    In 2018, while at home in her London apartment, journalist Sally Hayden received a Facebook message from a young African refugee, pleading for her help. He was one of thousands of migrants who had tried to reach Europe, only to end up trapped in a Libyan detention camp, with no way out. In her new book, My Fourth Time, We Drowned, Hayden pieces together the stories of these refugees and details the harsh conditions they are forced to live through. In today’s episode, she speaks to Kathy Sheridan about her four year investigation into this human rights disaster and explains why it’s a result of European policy.
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    Ep 554 Catherine Prasifka / Richie Sadlier

    Ep 554 Catherine Prasifka / Richie Sadlier

    In her brilliant debut novel, None of This is Serious, Catherine Prasifka writes about life in the era of social media. She talks to Róisín about the consequences of living online and in the real world. They also discuss her love of fantasy writing, the inevitable comparisons to her sister in-law Sally Rooney and her plans for her next book.
    Plus: Richie Sadlier on his book, Let's Talk, a modern guide to sex, porn, relationships, consent and intimacy, written especially for boys in secondary school.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Raisley_ ,

Fan from America

This podcast’s desire to give a voice to women from all walks of life is evident and appreciated. I hope to hear from even more diverse perspectives in the episodes to come.

Expressing Gratitude ,

Touching & Educational

Brilliant! I’m very impressed with the topics & the professional interviewees. Their openness & extreme honesty sounds as a best friend would speak. I found Ep 472 with Dr. Jessica Taylor, psychologist & author of Why Women Are Blamed For Everything, especially touching. She spoke about structural implicit bias, self-empowerment &
self-efficiency. I also recommend Ep 488 as a neuroscientist & a COVID-19 recoverer with brain flog will also broadened your understanding of COVID effects. Bravo! Excellent work!

Patty Flanagan Webster ,

Best podcast for women

I am an American but I still find the issues universally relevant. This is my absolute favorite podcast. I have even gone back and listened to the ones from 2018 forward. Even when it’s a subject that I don’t think will interest me, it always does. Please don’t stop doing what you’re doing, Rosin and Kathy
Patty, St Louis, Mo, United States

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