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Feminism alive and well in our communities- Cllr Holland

9 March, 2016 - by Sarah Holland

On International Women’s Day, Cllr Sarah Holland has commended the women of South Dublin for their determination to succeed, and the solidarity they show their fellow women.

She said

“Our community and voluntary sectors are all alive with feminism.

My year as Mayor has shown me that women are the heart and soul of our communities, and play an active role in making South Dublin one of the best places in Ireland to live and work.

From the community centres which have been raised from the ground up to our family resource centres, disability inclusion groups, Roma integration project, Travellers groups – none of these would be functioning without the determination and strength of local women.

These women go a long way towards raising the issues that face all of us, and keeping them high on the agenda.

I want to take this day to celebrate all that local women have achieved.”

Speaking at an International Women’s Day event in St Kevin’s Resource Centre, Cllr Holland welcomed the election of more female TDs and called for female community activists to take the extra step and enter political life.

She said

“I joined Sinn Féin because my family and I had to fight for justice for our Father after his murder, and I saw that the only way to effect real change was through political pressure on decision makers.

I want equality – I want everyone to have free access to the same services, I want people to have a working health service, I want people to be able to rely on having a roof over their heads.

We shouldn’t have to fight for these rights – women in our communities campaign and lobby for these rights on a daily basis, but don’t always get recognition for that.  It’s time to make ourselves heard.”

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