West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

International Women's Day: The struggle for equality continues - Sorcha McAnespy

Published: 10 March, 2014

Omagh Councillor Sorcha McAnespy extended solidarity greetings to women throughout Omagh District at a Council Organised Talk on Friday night titled 'Women into Politics'.

The event was held to mark International Women's Day which is marked annually on the 8th March.

Speaking at the event Councillor McAnespy 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, in many ways women continue to be second class citizens. 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.

"Sexual harassment, abuse and domestic violence continue to be a serious problem.

"The Fundamental Rights (FRA) study on violence against women across the European Union, published on Wednesday, found that one third of the women surveyed were victims of sexual or physical violence. A shocking and harrowing fact.

"Internationally girls and women continue to face additional issues like female genital mutilation and arranged marriages. Practices that must end immediately.

"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.

"Sinn Féin is committed to creating a society which offers real equality; political, social, economic and cultural, for women."