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Gender Inequalities need addressed - McGahan

4 June, 2013

Sinn Féin member of the Employment and Learning committee Bronwyn McGahan MLA has welcomed the DEL Minister Stephen Farry’s statement on Gender Issues Relating to Employment.

 Ms. McGahan stated,

 “It is a fact that there is still major inequalities in employment and learning for females and this has to be addressed.

 “While the population make up is roughly 50/50, females are more likely to be unemployed and on a lower wage structure than their male counterparts.

“Even in education there are major inequalities with females less likely to be involved in STEM subjects.  Although more women attend third level education more men are employed in top positions across the board.

 “I welcome Minister Stephen Farry’s statement today in the Assembly recognising the inequalities on gender issues relating to employment and learning.

 “It is important that we address these inequalities so that more women are encouraged into STEM subjects, full time employment and that pay equality becomes the norm.

“I am now calling on the Minister to bring forward a meaningful strategy that will address the issues raised in his statement today.”

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