Here are the 10 priorities for the National Women's Council of Ireland for the next govt

Here are the 10 priorities for the National Women's Council of Ireland for the next govt

The National Women's Council of Ireland thinks gender quotas in the General Election will lead to more women being voted into the Dáil.

The council has today revealed details of its 'Breakthrough Manifesto for Women'.

The NWCI wants the issues of childcare, violence against women, and abortion laws to be among the priorities for the next Government.

Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Orla O'Connor, says issues like these are more likely to be on the agenda if women are involved in politics.

She said: "It is really important to have that critical mass in the Dáil.

"We know from other countries where there is a far agreater representation of women that issues like childcare, issues like women working for low pay, they are much higher on the political agenda.

"So we need to see more women elected in this election."

They listed 10 priorities in their 'Breakthrough Manifesto for women':

Change Ireland’s record on Violence Against Women

Make early years education and childcare a priority

End the gender pay gap and deliver decent work for women

Close the gender pension gap and recognise the contribution of care

Make sure every budget delivers on equality

Support reproductive rights and repeal of the 8th Amendment

Strengthen social protection,training and employment supports

Advance women’s leadership and participation in decision making - local and national

Protect and invest in public services and ensure they serve the needs of all women

Deliver a strong National Action Plan for Women’s Equality


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