Louth TD Gerry Adams speaking on International Women’s Day said: “International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to celebrate women who are active in society; in their communities, trade unions, voluntary organisations and the political institutions of Ireland.
“However, it is also a time for reflecting on the serious inequalities that still exist and the fact that in many ways women continue to be second class citizens. The decision by the government to finally ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) is welcome. However, it is important to note that it has taken the government eight years to achieve this. The onus now is on the government to implement the Istanbul Convention in full.
“A range of surveys over the years have found that one third of women surveyed were victims of sexual of physical violence. A shocking and harrowing fact. Research has also found that 70% of women in the Irish state experience sexual and physical violence suffer in silence. “Despite the progress that has been made in recent decades there is still serious inequality between women and men in the workplace; in employment rights; and in access to education and health.
Councillor Anne Campbell added; “Women have been failed by the political system where they are continually underrepresented in Council Chambers and in the Dáil and the Seanad. Politics remains an unfriendly environment for families and women, a reality that benefits no one.
“Women on the island of Ireland and all over the world have won many battles for equality over the past century, but there are further battles ahead. The struggle for equality must continue”.