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Lydia Foy and Michael Farrell receive Belfast Mayoral presentation in recognition of the fight for equality.

18 January, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Commenting on the presentation Martina Anderson MEP said: 

“I with my Sinn Fein MEP colleagues was delighted to nominate Dr Lydia Foy for the European Citizen's Prize. This reception by Belfast Mayor Arder Carson follows similar receptions in Dublin and Brussels to highlight Lydia’s case and the barriers that exist to transgender people in our society.

“It was appropriate that Michael Farrell who has dedicated himself throughout a distinguished career to the fight for protection of the rights of minorities was honoured alongside Lydia.

“I welcome the Zaborska Report on transgender equality which came before of the European Parliament in October.

“This report assesses the implementation of the Directive on Equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation

“Because of stereotypes in a gender-binary society, many transgender people experience discrimination in education, employment and health care.  This often results in them becoming more likely to be victims of repetitive violence.

“The report outlines that 30% of transgender jobseekers experienced discrimination with transgender women being most likely to suffer discrimination.  Transgender women are therefore at risk of multiple discrimination.

“I was delighted to be part of the event to recognise the achievements of both Lydia and Michael at Belfast City Hall with Mayor Cllr. Arder Carson. 

Aengus O'Snodaigh, TD, who was also in attendance said: 

“This is important recognition in gender identity human rights and in highlighting that gender identity is not the same as sexual orientation and an understanding of what this means is central in ensuring that true equality is secured.”

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