[Sinn Fein]

20 May 1997

Women play key role in election

Sinn Fein Candidate for Dublin South Central Martina Kenna today called for new measures to ensure greater representation of women in public life.

Ms. Kenna said:

``That women are totally underrepresented in political life is obvious for all to see. Only 13% of TD's are women and women are grossly underrepresented in most other areas of public life. Sinn Fein supports the introduction of 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. We also support the setting of timescales to achieve equality of outcome in employment structures, education and training.

``As childcare has been identified as one of the biggest difficulties 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.

``Equality of treatment and equality of outcome will continue to be the cornerstone of Sinn Fein policy regardless of gender, religion, sexuality, race or class. Sinn Fein is committed to working with all those who seek to advance the position of women in Irish society and who are committed to ensuring the recognition of women's rights as human rights.''

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