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Sinn Féin Conference to discuss Women in Decision Making

31 October, 2003

Sinn Féin's National Women's Conference will take place in the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 1 on Saturday 1st November. The conference will begin at 10.30am and will discuss Women in Decision Making and the need for gender equality across society.

Speaking in advance Sinn Féin EU Candidate for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin activists and elected representatives from across Ireland along with people from Women's Groups, Trade Unions and community and voluntary groups will attend the party's National Women's Conference which is taking place in Dublin this weekend.

"Expected to be the biggest Women's Conference that Sinn Féin has every held, we have speakers from a wide range of organisations including the National Women's Council, Pavee Point, National Youth Council, Meitheal Forbairthe na Gaeltachta, ICTU and Barnardos.

"The theme of this years event is 'Engine for Change - Women and Equality'. The main issues for discussion are Women in Decision Making and the need for gender equality across society. The conference will be identifying the barriers, which exist and how they can be overcome.

"This is a key conference for Sinn Féin. As a party striving towards an Ireland of Equals, Sinn Féin is actively committed to promoting and supporting equality both within our party and across society. This is reflected in our policies, the issues that we campaign on and the candidates that we put forward for election. Indeed in the upcoming Assembly elections we will be standing the largest number of women

candidates ever in winnable seats and the issue of equality will be central to our entire campaign.

"A culture of change is required throughout society to ensure that there is better representation and better working practices for women in politics. It is crucial that we all play a part in creating changes to the political systems to encourage more family friendly practices.

"It is a stark fact that men have historically enjoyed an advantage over women in politics due to a number of factors. Radical changes need to occur now at different levels. Change is long overdue and we in Sinn Féin are determined to play our part in bringing it about." ENDS

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