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Sunday 17 December 2017

From Vancouver to Sydney - more than 20 cities worldwide to host March for Choice this weekend

(l-r) Fiona Gwozdz, Amanda Bloom (Photo: Lauren Crothers) and Karen Twomey
(l-r) Fiona Gwozdz, Amanda Bloom (Photo: Lauren Crothers) and Karen Twomey

Daire Courtney and Sasha Brady

More than 20 protests will take place across eleven countries around the world supporting Ireland's March for Choice tomorrow.

As nearby as London and as far away as Melbourne, Irish expats and their supporters plan to gather and call for the repeal of the 8th Amendment as part of a Global Gathering.

The idea was generated by two of the women behind the satirical Scarlet Brigade blog, Karen Twomey (30) from Cork and Irish-American Fiona Gwozdz (31) from Portland, Oregon.

They have reached out to people in Canada, the USA, Australia and even Cambodia, and have created a massive global social media presence.

“On the day, we hope to broadcast our events via live tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram pics in an effort to take over social media globally, raise awareness of the issue and put extra pressure on the government.

"The more people involved in this fight, the louder our voices, the harder we are to ignore,” Karen and Fiona told

“There are so many incredible volunteers and activists at home working tirelessly on this fight to repeal the 8th, and we just wanted to help in our own little way, even if it’s from afar.”

Solidarity marches have been planned for Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Portland, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Bristol, London, Glasgow, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Porto, Utrecht, The Hague, Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney and Cambodia tomorrow.

If you're in Dublin, the March for Choice begins at the Garden of Remembrance at 1.30pm and ends at Leinster House.

Garda procedure is to close roads on a rolling basis so O'Connell Street and College Green will likely be closed for parts of the afternoon but will reopen once the March moves past.

The group have organised a transport to find car sharing and buses around the country.

To find out more about when and where, try the Global Gathering Facebook page here

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