Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett: ‘We need more women in our Defence Forces not just for peacekeeping but for everything else’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The evidence is “overwhelming” that more women soldiers have led to better decision-making, the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mar(...)

Protesters on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin as part of an event calling for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to mark International Women’s Day. Photograph: Elaine Edwards.

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A proud herstory

International Women’s Day is becoming so big it is spilling out of the sides of its restrictive daywear and is on the verge of covering an entire wee(...)

Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang   poses with female delegates to mark  International Women’s Day. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

China marked International Women’s Day by detaining a number of feminist activists, amid fears they were planning a nationwide campaign against sexual(...)