UCC law event to explore gender equality in the home

Article 41.2 of the Irish constitution declares that the State recognises the mother’s position within the home and “therefore endeavours to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.”

A student-run law conference at University College Cork next month enititled, “Article 41.2 – Does it Have a Place in Modern Ireland?” will probe whether that contention reflects contemporary Irish society.

Event organiser Lauren Foley is admant it does not and expressed the hope that the conference would spark a badly needed conversation about what she feels is ’something so fundamentally unequal in our own constitution.

She went on: ’This may perhaps lead into a conversation about other gender injustices in our country - and the world as a whole.”

Speakers at the event will include those for and opposed to any changes to the amendment.

The international panel will consist of eight speakers, including Colm O’ Cinneide of University College London, and Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

The talks on offer range from the societal, entitled ‘The Shifting Concept of the Family in Modern Ireland’, to the legal, entitled’The Complex Relationship between Article 41.2 and Social Rights’.

The conference will be held in UCC’s Aula Maxima on Wednesday November 4th between 9.30am and 2pm. The event is free for all who register to attend, while pracitictioners will be required to pay €45.00 – who will receive 4CPD points in return.

Those who would like to attend should email conferencecommittee@ucclawsociety.com.


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