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Government Urged To Call Off 'Woman's Place In The Home' Vote


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The Government's being urged not to hold a referendum on the woman's place in the home this year.

The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) is calling for a public discussion on the issue - through a forum like a Citizens Assembly or Constitutional Convention.

Director of NWCI, Orla O'Connor, explains.

"While there is no place for such sexist language in our Constitution, NWCI and our members believe that the referendum should not happen before first listening to the voices of women and men in all their diversity, through a public forum such as the Citizens Assembly or Constitutional Convention."

"A public conversation is necessary so that the referendum debate can be informed and the issues surrounding the article can be explored and concrete proposals developed which the Government can act on and be held to account".

Ms O'Connor suggests: "If a simple deletion of Article 41.2 is put to the people, we are only offering the option of removing an old-fashioned definition of the home and women's role in society, and we are missing this unique opportunity to express the positive contribution of equality in the home, care and work of all kinds."

The referendum has been set down for October 26th.


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