This year’s theme :
“Empowering Women—Empowering Humanity: Picture It!“.
The theme “envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise their choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination” .
So how are Irish women and children doing?
Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2015
Sinead Murray asked delegates for permission to marry the woman she loves
YES: abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities repeal of 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution
“The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”Meanwhile back at the coalfaceWomen have First Hand Experience of a Second Hand Life*Compared with Irish men, Irish women work fewer hours, earn less and are under-represented in the Oireachtais and in local and regional authorities even though they are more highly qualified”.
70% of victims of poverty in Ireland are women
* Cutbacks in services and benefits have compromised women’s economic independence, as benefits often constitute an important source of their income and as they use public services more than men.
*Lone mothers and female single pensioners face the biggest cumulative losses.
*More women are left without income security, work-life balance options, and pensions.
*Women’s organisations from advocacy groups to service providers are struggling for survival or being shut down.
Government core funding for NGOs has been cut or even removed
Child Poverty in Ireland – Key Facts
Almost 1 in 10 children (9.3%) in Ireland are living in consistent poverty today
Almost 1 in 5 (18.8%) children in Ireland are at risk of poverty
A quarter of children live in jobless households
About half of families rely on social welfare or low paid work
1 in 3 children are deprived of basic necessities
Ireland has still a long road to travel for full women’s emancipation