Although women now have formal legal equality in most areas of public live they are a long way from having real equality. A minority of married women work outside the home. When employed women earn less than men and their employment choices are more restricted.

Only 12% of TDs are women and women are grossly under represented in most other areas of public life.

The physical and sexual abuse of women is increasing in Irish society.

To achieve real equality for women Sinn Fein is advocating;