The former Co-Directors of the Together for Yes campaign have said they are “honoured” to be included on the ‘TIME 100’ list, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Grainne Griffin, a founding member of the Abortion Rights Campaign, Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, appear on the 2019 list in recognition of their work leading the Together for Yes campaign last year.
The Together for Yes Campaign was a national civil society movement to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution.
The ‘TIME 100’ list, now in its sixteenth year, recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
My hope is that our global recognition by TIME helps inspire those fighting for reproductive rights worldwide.
Commenting today, Ailbhe Smyth said: “We are honoured to receive this accolade from TIME Magazine. It is evidence of the significant international ‘ripple’ impact of the Together for Yes campaign.”
“As a small country on the edge of a rich, powerful continent, our voice is not loud. But last year’s referendum showed just how far it can reach. In repealing the Eighth Amendment, Ireland bucked a trend. In countries like the USA, Poland, and even Germany, we are seeing the backlash against women’s reproductive rights intensifying. My hope is that our global recognition by TIME helps inspire those fighting for reproductive rights worldwide.
This was a moment in time when, led by women, our nation collectively stood up
Orla O’Connor said: “Building on 35 years of work, Together for Yes placed women’s voices and experiences at the centre. The Eighth Amendment was a cruel and restrictive law and, through the honesty and the lived experience of women and families who suffered, the Irish public listened.”
“This was a moment in time when, led by women, our nation collectively stood up, and rejected a cruel past, where thousands of women were subjected – unnecessarily – to ill-health, shame, distress and judgement.”
Our inclusion is a recognition of the role played by every single individual who contributed to Together for Yes
Grainne Griffin said: “We would like to thank the thousands of volunteer campaigners and organisations across Ireland, whose dedication, hard work and commitment over months and, in some cases, years ensured the success of Together for Yes.”
“This was a movement that really demonstrated the extent to which organised individuals can shape and influence the world we live in. Our inclusion on the ‘TIME 100’ list is a recognition of the role played by every single individual who contributed to Together for Yes.”
The full TIME 100 list and related tributes appear in the 29th April 2019 issue of TIME, available on news-stands on Friday, 19th April.