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;
- measures to achieve equality of representation both in political life
and in appointments to all public bodies. Women must be involved in
making the laws that affect their lives
- the setting of time scales to achieve equality of outcome in employment
structures, education and training
- as child care has been identified as the biggest difficulty faced by
women wanting to work or participate in public life, the provision of child
care facilities and subsidies for childcare must be a priority
- area partnerships, as new structures, should be set up with the aim of
ensuring gender equality