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Minister opens conference on women’s economic independence

6 March, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Fein MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann today opened a conference at Stranmillis College on women’s economic independence.

The conference entitled ‘Getting a Fair Share?’ was organised by the Equality Commission and focused on how gender inequalities impacted on women’s economic independence.

Speaking at the event the West Belfast MLA said:

“One of the things that affects the economic independence of many women is the availability of childcare.   It is important that the needs of children, parents and carers and those who have an interest in childcare are taken into consideration and inform our Childcare Strategy.

“Good quality and affordable childcare that is accessible to all can only enhance the economic independence of women and I am glad that work on the development and implementation of the Childcare Strategy is now underway.”

“The United Nations will shortly examine the terms of its obligations under the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). We must aim to achieve a society in which men and women are equally respected and valued as individuals and in which there is equality in terms of opportunity, rights and responsibilities."

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