Sunday 4 December 2016

Goal of gender parity is still a long way off

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

The sexist remarks allegedly directed towards Ireland's youngest elected female politician - Sinn Féin Councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy (21) - are as deplorable as they are outdated
The sexist remarks allegedly directed towards Ireland's youngest elected female politician - Sinn Féin Councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy (21) - are as deplorable as they are outdated

Great strides have been made in recent decades to foster equality between women and men.

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But we still face major challenges to close gaps in areas such as pay, equal treatment and childcare - as well as opening minds still closed to the elevation of women to key decision-making roles and positions of power.

The sexist remarks allegedly directed towards Ireland's youngest elected female politician - Sinn Féin Councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy (21) claims male colleagues made remarks about her appearance and told her women are only in politics to make tea - are as deplorable as they are outdated.

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