O’Brien calls for gender equality progress on International Women’s Day
Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today called on the government to make real progress when it comes to equality between men and women.
Speaking today on International Women’s Day Deputy O’Brien called for the introduction of state led childcare provision, overhaul of domestic violence legislation and initiatives to address the gender pay gap.
Deputy O’Brien said:
“It is 101 years since International Women’s Day was first celebrated and although we have come a long way in terms of better pay and discrimination, we have still not reached a point where women have full equality with men. Women do not enjoy equal pay with their male counterparts and they are still chronically under-represented in public and political life.
“It is important to recognise women’s contribution to society on International Women’s Day but also to identify the barriers that they are faced with in achieving equality. The complete lack of childcare support and infrastructure coupled with budgets that are designed to target those who are least well off in society – most likely women – have a hugely negative impact on gender equality.
“We also live in culture where women are viewed as being the ones responsible for providing all of the care-work in our society, and yet care-work is not viewed as ‘real work’.
“Domestic and sexual violence is a huge issue affecting thousands of Irish women which also has detrimental effects on their lives. It is time that Fine Gael and Labour took the opportunity they have of being in government and actually do something to change women’s lives for the better.
“Sinn Féin is calling for the introduction of state led childcare provision, an overhaul of domestic violence legislation and initiatives to address the gender pay gap.
“It is Sinn Féin’s view that we must have gender equality and women should not have to wait another hundred years to get it. The feminisation of poverty must end.”