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Ireland | Victory as Ireland votes to repeal the 8th amendment

by Elly Badcock

As the results from the referendum in Ireland come in, it looks as though the Irish people have voted overwhelmingly to repeal draconian anti-abortion laws, Elly Badcock reports

In a historic moment for women’s rights, exit polls suggest that Ireland has voted to repeal an outdated, inhumane and misogynistic law which forced women to continue with pregnancies against their will or travel to the UK in shame and secrecy for an abortion.

Police in Tehran say women will no longer be arrested for not wearing a hijab

Authorities in Iran’s capital city Tehran announced that women who walk around in public without the proper head coverings will no longer be arrested. Compulsory hijab has been the law of the land in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Women have been compelled to wear a strictly-enforced conservative dress code consisting off a headscarf to cover their hair and long loose fitting clothing ever since.

Are things looking up for women in the arts?

When it comes to the representation of women artists in major art institutions, the figures are quite bleak: according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (citing data from 2012 and 2014), work by female artists makes up only three to five per cent of major permanent collections in the US and Europe, and women around the world continue to face significant barriers to success within the arts sector. But a number of high-profile institutions are actively attempting to redress gender disparity in their collections, exhibitions, and leadership. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate a few of the most noteworthy recent initiatives around the world. For more about the underrepresentation of women in historical collections, see Lily Le Brun’s report in Apollo from 2015.