Amend Your Ways



The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its latest findings on Ireland.

The Committee has urged “the State party” to, “within a specific timeframe” :

Amend article 41.2 of the Constitution in order to remove the stereotypical language on the role of women in the home;

Introduce legislative provisions that underline the obligation of the State to pursue actively the achievement of substantive equality between women and men; and

Amend article 40.3.33 of the Constitution (also known as the Eighth Amendment), which impedes the introduction of amendments to current legislation governing access to abortion…

…The Committee is particularly concerned that legislation which discriminates against women, or has a disproportionately negative impact on women, falls outside the scope of the Equal Status Acts 2000 – 2015.

The Committee recommends that the State party amends section 14 of the Equal Status Acts 2000-2015 to ensure that an effective remedy is available for discrimination that has a legislative basis.

There you go now.

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1 thought on “Amend Your Ways

  1. scottser

    will this not remove a woman’s choice to stay at home and be a parent? while the constitutional clause may be out-dated it was intended to provide some form of protection for mothers who stayed at home instead of having to work and i’d be very wary that if this protection is removed, the state now has another stick to beat women into the workplace with.

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