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Equality for women ‘generations away’

24 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has expressed disappointment that a new report from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has found that equality between men and women is potentially 'generations away'.

Ms Anderson said:

"The new findings by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) which found that equality between men and women is potentially 'generations away' is very disappointing and shows how much work needs to be done to redress that balance.

"The study said it would take another 45 years for women to receive a similar-sized pension to men. The income retired for women is currently 40% less than for men .The gap between the hourly pay for part-time workers, who are predominantly women, and that of their full-time colleagues will also take 25 years to close. This is totally unacceptable.

"It is clear from the findings of this report that despite all the strategies and policies adopted by government to promote gender equality, extensive discrimination against women in all areas of life still exists.

"Bearing in mind the great contribution women bring to the development of society it is incumbent on all government departments, agencies and policy to ensure that all possible mechanisms for advancing gender equality are used rigorously. An Ireland of equals can only be achieved in the context of full equality for women." ENDS

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