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On International Women’s Day the struggle for equality is as important as ever - Adams

8 March, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD has extended solidarity greetings to women at home and abroad for International Women’s Day.
Teachta Adams said:
“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women who are active in society; in their communities, trade unions, voluntary organisations and the political institutions of Ireland.
“However, in many ways women continue to be second class citizens. Despite the progress that has been made in recent decades there is still serious inequality between women and men in the workplace; in employment rights; and in access to education and health.
“Women are disproportionately affected by the government’s austerity policies, including through cuts to child benefit, the tax on maternity benefits, and hikes in the cost of living.
“Gender discrimination and the absence of affordable childcare continue to hinder women’s progress. Sexual harassment, abuse and domestic violence continue to be serious problems.
“Internationally girls and women face additional issues like female genital mutilation and arranged marriages.
“Women in Ireland and all over the world have won many battles for their equality over the past century, but there are further battles ahead. The struggle for equality must continue.
“Sinn Féin is committed to creating a society which offers real equality; political, social, economic and cultural for women.”

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