Sex based rights of women and girls

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Gender identity behind new hate speech bill

Gender identity behind new hate speech bill

Our existing 2000 Equal Status Act protects single-sex spaces and we want these protections maintained. We don’t want to be made fearful of calling out any man who seeks to use them by being accused of “hate” under the proposed "hate speech" bill.

The spin around Art 41.2

The spin around Art 41.2

"It was at the heart of cruel, discriminatory policies, such as the marriage bar, which forced women out of their careers once they got married," said Orla O'Connor, director of the National Women's Council.

I am the woman in the home

I am the woman in the home

So much has changed in the world, but our biology - the fact that women are the ones who have babies and are primed hormonally to nurture them - that hasn’t changed. The basic needs of babies and children have not changed.

Referenda recklessness

Referenda recklessness

Article 41.2 has been of value to mothers and will be cited in an appeal to the Supreme Court in April by a mother who is seeking the full carer’s allowance, without it being means tested. So why is the Government rushing to have the referenda passed before this appeal is heard?

How many mothers work through economic necessity?

How many mothers work through economic necessity?

The late Mr Justice Brian Walsh believed Art 41.2 should be retained "because it imposes an obligation on the State to do something in this particular area. There's no point in relieving the State of an obligation which the Constitution imposes on it."

Sex deception spun as truth

Sex deception spun as truth

According to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) "disinformation" is "false, misleading or manipulated content presented as fact, that is intended to deceive or harm." What better description for the 2015 Gender Recognition Act?

It's not kind to undermine safeguarding

It's not kind to undermine safeguarding

Colette Colfer's courageous stance in objecting to the South East Technological University's new gender identity and expression policy was reported in The Irish Times on Thursday of last week: Lecturer

Conflating legislation with ideology

Conflating legislation with ideology

So now we know, thanks to courageous lecturer Colette Colfer, that it's a feature - not a glitch - that gender identity ideology is being advanced through Irish society as if the law requires it. The reality appears to be that the law hasn't determined many of the claims now being made.

Let Women Speak

Let Women Speak

To hear the chanting in Dublin of women being called ‘Nazi scum’ denigrates the memory of those killed in the Holocaust, diminishes the enormity of Nazi atrocities, and dangerously demonises women who gathered to speak peacefully and voice legitimate concerns about issues that affect our lives.

Safeguarding meaningless on basis of "gender identity"

Safeguarding meaningless on basis of "gender identity"

Surely a nursing home or other care setting needs to know and protect residents on the basis of their sex and also ensure that it's sex, not gender identity, which is of critical importance when it comes to accommodating male residents or employing male staff?

Are some people more equal than others?

Are some people more equal than others?

"Throughout the submissions, the proposal to specifically include gender identity within the Equality Acts was contentious.." Yet the Government gave a commitment to include it in our equality legislation in the 2020 Programme for Government. Do the public really have any say at all?

Should men be in a women's prison?

Should men be in a women's prison?

Including two male sex offenders in a women’s prison is abusive of the rights not just of women prisoners but of women prison officers who have been threatened with rape. Will the new prison for women in Limerick be for women only?

#WomensDay4Women

#WomensDay4Women

For International Women's Day 2023 it's women we need to see more of in our Dáil and Seanad. Let's keep #WomensDay4Women

Leinster House succumbs to policy capture

Leinster House succumbs to policy capture

"'policy capture', where public decisions over policies are consistently or repeatedly directed away from the public interest towards a specific interest, can exacerbate inequalities and undermine democratic values, economic growth and trust in government"