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McDonald welcomes gender quota proposals

4 June, 2011

Deputy McDonald said, “Government measures to tackle the low numbers
of women participating in national politics are of course welcome, but
any measure enacted must be part of overall reform package that
commits to address the four Cs blocking women from participation in
politics: Cash, Childcare, Confidence, and Culture.
“Political life is in many ways off limits for women, in particular women with children.
We need real reform of the political system to make it accessible to
women. Sinn Féin supports gender quotas however but our concern is
that any single ‘big ticket’ gesture might be used to paper over the
cracks of a problem that is systemic throughout the political system.”

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