Sinn Féin set out vision for women's health - Flynn
Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has said Sinn Féin seeks to create a health system right across this island that can be resourced and reformed to meet the needs of women.
Speaking at a local launch of the Sinn Féin’s all-Ireland policy ‘A Vision for Women’s Health’ in Belfast's Footprints Women Centre, the party’s Mental Health spokesperson said:
“Today we have launched our all-Ireland women’s health document amongst local groups and communities. It highlights the need to address inequalities affecting women north and south.
“Women in Ireland have suffered many injustices throughout our history and in particular they have suffered in the field of health.
“A key focus of this document is mental health. Mental health of course affects men and women but it can affect them differently. For young women and girls the rates of eating disorders and the impact of maternal mental ill health need to be addressed.
“One of the purposes of this document is to look at how women’s health can be impacted and how we can bring an end to the gender inequalities that exist.
“Sinn Féin understands that gender massively influences health, amongst other things and that lessons must be learnt from the mistakes of the past and present and the voices of women must be heard when it comes to healthcare.
“We are advocating a health system that is sensitive to and reflects gender differences. While always being cognisant of the wrongs of the past, it is imperative that current discrimination is tackled, not only through progressive policy change, but through action at all levels of our health systems.
“Sinn Féin's vision in this document is to create a health system right across this island that can be resourced and reformed to meet the needs of women."