Megan Fearon appointed spokesperson on women issues
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has been appointed Sinn Féin spokesperson for women issues.
Speaking about the new role Ms.Fearon stated,
“I am delighted to be appointed as the new Sinn Féin spokesperson on women issues and I am eager to bring forward the fight for women’s rights and gender equality.
“While there has been much progress over recent years there are still many issues to be resolved, namely the priority of providing equal pay and employment opportunities for women.
“Violence against women, sex crimes and harassment remain alarming issues that are perpetuated by societal attitudes and damaging aspects of popular culture where women are consistently objectified.
“In Irish political life women are widely underrepresented; 52% of the population of Ireland are female, however women hold only 18% of positions in elected institutions on the island.
“This is compounded by additional under-representation in policing, judicial and financial institutions and other crucial public positions. To achieve gender equality in public life we must tackle these huge disparities.
“The right of a woman to maternity protection and child-care, including mandated child-care facilities and maternity leave is also a major issue if women can participate in education and employment equitably.
“We must challenge the traditionally assigned roles of women and men in the household and in society at large, and eliminate gender prejudices and bias which define the public realm as a man's world and the home as a woman's.
“Only by securing common responsibilities in social life and equal rights in education and employment will gender equality be achieved.”