Sinn Féin advocates the right to social, economic, gender and cultural equality. This encompasses equality for all, irrespective of race, age, marital or family status, sexual orientation, physical or mental capacities, ethnicity, social origin, political or religious affiliations, or membership of the Travelling Community.
Creating the conditions for establishing an equal society means recognising that many diverse groups and sections of Irish society need enhanced protection from the State. We must tackle the trend to blame a person or group for their exclusion from society.
It is the same mentality that leads to the isolation of people who are old or have disabilities. We need to recognise that Ireland and Irish society is the sum of its parts and there is no rationale for excluding any group.
Women are the largest group of those who have been excluded from the benefits of the Celtic Tiger economy. Households headed by lone parents and by older women remain at high risk of poverty and structural inequalities continue to trap many women in low paid, part-time employment. Sinn Féin is committed to Building an Ireland of Equals.
Sinn Féin’s priorities include:
- support for measures to achieve equality of representation both in political life and in all public appointments;
- equal pay and the removal of those on the minimum wage from the tax net;
- affordable and accessible childcare;
- free healthcare at the point of delivery for all;
- free breast and cervical screening programmes;
- affordable quality housing;
- individual social welfare entitlements for women;
- restrospective contributory pension credits for homemakers and carers;
- proper financial support for full-time carers and an end to the means test for the Carers Allowance;
- a safety and sanctions policy to deal with violence against women;
- development of localy based serv ices and transport infrastructure to combat isolation;
- adequate financial support and easy access for women taking up education and training at all levels.
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