Wrapping Up 2017 & Onwards to 2018!

This December marks two years since X-Ile Project launched our website with the first group of 11 photographs. Over the past two years, we have increased our gallery to 50 photographs and been privileged to work with talented photographers and diverse participants around the country. The women we have met have genuinely inspired us. We are heartened that our amazing participants have contributed to the change in conversations on abortion in Ireland and Northern Ireland that has taken place over the past two years. Through our work, we have seen how hashtags such as #facethe50 and #justinformleo have shifted conversations on abortion among members of the public and politicians.

For many campaigners, activists and organisations involved in the repeal the 8th campaign, 13 December was a momentous day. The Oireachteas Committee’s 14 to 6 vote that the 8th amendment be repealed, not replaced, reflects the profound change in attitudes to abortion that has taken in place in Ireland over the past several years. The progression towards a more empathetic and informed understanding of abortion as crucial reproductive healthcare is a result of the sustained work of member organisations of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, amongst which X-Ile Project is proud to count itself.

The Oireachtas Committee’s vote is encouraging. It is evidence that, when properly informed with facts, people can arrive at a compassionate understanding of abortion as one of the many choices a pregnant person makes throughout their life. As it seems increasingly likely that a referendum on the 8th amendment will be held in May or June 2018, repeal the 8th activists approach the end of 2017 with a sense of accomplishment, but also of increased motivation and preparedness for the hard work that lies ahead. As a referendum draws nearer, it is vital to emphasise the need for free, safe and legal abortion access for all who require it, including people who face financial barriers, those with disabilities and those with migrant status.

We believe that campaigns which focus on the testimonies, experiences, and faces of those who have had abortions contribute to powerful shifts in conversations on abortion. As Ireland prepares to vote to repeal the 8th amendment, X-ile Project will continue to give a much-needed face to those who have been effectively exiled by Ireland’s abortion laws and will continue to provide a space and community that strengthens links between those who have travelled for abortion services.

X-ile Project Milestone: #facethe50!!!

On May 12th 2017, X-ile Project reached our significant goal of bringing the gallery to FIFTY participants! We have been working on the gallery since mid-2015 and we are thrilled with the progress we have made in collaboration with 50 spectacular women, our dedicated photographers, our graphic designer, the bands who helped us raise funds, the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment and all of our committed supporters. X-ile Project is proud and grateful to work with such a strong community of people. 

We have taken photographs all around the country, north and south, and in Europe and North America. We are routinely contacted by people all over the world who say that the women in our gallery are inspirational––and of course, we agree. 

Next month X-ile Project will be involved in A Day of Testimonies, an event organised by Artists to Repeal the Eighth Amendment and Project Arts Centre. On Saturday, August 26th, Ireland's leading artists will come together for a day of film, theatre, performance and visual art. Ticket information is coming soon so keep an eye on the event page. 

We are also gearing up for Abortion Rights' Campaign 6th annual March for Choice, and we want this to be the biggest march ever! Make sure to mark Saturday, September 30th in your diary with a big red REPEAL 8, and bring your parents, your family, your friends, your co-workers, your partners, your neighbours! NOW is the #timetoact for #repealthe8th #repealnotreplace!

Looking forward to seeing our supporters are these upcoming events! For now, check out our absolutely groundbreaking #facethe50 participants <3 <3 <3