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Ailbhe Smyth    

Co-Director of Together for Yes; Women's Rights Activists

Ailbhe Smyth is a long-time activist and campaigner on feminist, LGBTI+and socialist issues. She lectured at University College Dublin for many years, where she was the founding head of Women’s Studies, and has published widely on feminism, politics and culture in Ireland. Ailbhe left academia in the mid-2000s to focus on working with women’s community organisations and in social movement politics. She has been involved in many campaigns and was a strategic executive member of the victorious same-sex marriage campaign in 2015.

She has been fighting for women’s right to choose for over 35 years, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes national referendum campaign which removed the near-total ban on abortion from the Irish Constitution with a majority of 66% in 2018. She convenes the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, and is a regular contributor to media and national debate on a host of issues in Ireland. In April 2019, Ailbhe was included on the TIME 100 ‘Most Influential People’ list for her work with Repeal the 8th Amendment campaign, along with the other two campaign co-directors.

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