Belfast Women's Collective
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|Precursor:||Socialist Women's Group|
|Other Related Organisation:||Women Against Imperialism|
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The Belfast Women’s Collective emerged from the Socialist Women’s Group (1975-77) in 1977. The Socialist Women’s Group had been formed after disputes arose with the Northern Ireland Women’s Rights Movement (NIWRM) over the national question and seeking trade union support.
The Belfast Women’s Collective sought to maintain links both to wider feminist issues and Republicanism, but found itself criticised by both the NIWRM and the more explicitly Republican Women Against Imperialism (WAI).
Because we regarded ourselves in opposition to the British we were labelled as republican by those women’s groups who didn’t actively oppose it [the NIWRM] at the same time because we were highly critical of the Republican Movement we were labelled as a bourgeois women’s group by that section of the movement [WAI], we couldn’t win either way. Belfast Women’s Collective, 1980, cited in Christina Loughran, 1986.
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Women's Action, Vol. 2, No. 3
A list of known publications from Belfast Women's Collective, including those not represented in the Irish Left Archive collection.
|Scarlet Women||1980–1982 [Irregular]||Belfast Women's Collective|
|Women's Action||1976–1979||Socialist Women's Group, Belfast Women's Collective|
Belfast Women's Collective and Women Against Imperialism
By: AonRud | 19th November 2013, 5:02pm
There's an article from Women's Voice here that notes a split between the Belfast Women's Collective and Women Against Imperialism that seems to be along the common division between focusing on feminist rather than class concerns.
From the article:
(That site has a number of other articles from Women's Voice as well).
Re: Belfast Women's Collective and Women Against Imperialism
By: WorldbyStorm | 19th November 2013, 7:03pm
Thanks AonRud, that's really handy and exactly the sort of information that's needed!
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