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International Women’s Day marked at the Assembly

8 March, 2010 - by Jennifer McCann

Speaking following an event to celebrate International Women's Day at the Assembly today, Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann praised the contribution women have made in their communities throughout the world.

She said,

"International Women's Day was first celebrated back in 1911 when women came together worldwide to campaign for better pay, voting rights and an end to discrimination.

Today it continues to be celebrated by women everywhere, and has become a global day of recognition of women's contribution to society celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women.

This years theme is "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities and Progress for All"and is dedicated to honour inspiring women and to recognise their achievements.

Unfortunately Gender Inequality is still very much prevalent in Irish society. Women here still do not enjoy Equal Pay, and they continue to be under represented in public and political life.

They face barriers when accessing work due to a lack of childcare provision and are more likely to suffer from economic hardship.

Having to deal with issues such as domestic violence can leave women feeling isolated and can have a detrimental effect on their lifetime opportunities.

We must change those inequalities and ensure that everyone is treated as an equal." CRÍOCH

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