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Sinn Féin supports calls for a new European Directive on gender equality

13 September, 2003

Former Assembly Health Minister and EU candidate for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún speaking in Dublin today announced that the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle has added its voice to an EU wide lobby for a new directive to tackle discrimination against women. Ms de Brún said:

"Today's Ard Chomhairle had a wide ranging discussion on discrimination and measures required to move forward with gender equality outside the workplace. The adoption of this new EU directive on gender equality is long overdue and has been awaited since the Amsterdam Treaty was signed in 1999. It is disappointing that at this late stage it is now being opposed from so many quarters.

"I have contacted Christa Prets in the European Parliament outlining Sinn Féin's support for a new European directive on gender equality. We believe that this directive is necessary and should at least cover access to and supply of goods and services; taxation; social assistance, social benefits and healthcare; education; taxation and non-discrimination in advertising and the media.

"The European Union has played a key role in making progress towards equality between women and men in the workplace. It now needs to move to tackle discrimination outside the workplace. We urge the European Commission not to delay any further and to move forward with this legislation which will help millions of women right across Europe."ENDS

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