March 9 – BLiTZ. While the whole world was celebrating International Women’s Day, Ireland decided to change the words contained in the Constitution about the role of women. <a rel=”nofollow noopener” href=”https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/ireland-vote-removing-outmoded-references-women-constitution-2023-03-08/” target=”_blank”>Reuters</a>.
As currently drafted, section 41.2 of the Irish Constitution establishes that “by her life in the home, a woman provides the state with support without which the common good cannot be achieved” and that “mothers should not be compelled by economic necessity to work, neglecting their duties to home.”
Since 2018, there has been a movement in Ireland to remove these provisions from the Constitution, and at the Citizens’ Assembly in 2021, it was recommended that they be replaced with gender-neutral and non-discriminatory language. A vote to change the Constitution is scheduled in Ireland for November 2023.
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