Ireland to hold referendum on amending "outmoded" provisions on women and enshrine gender equality following citizens' assembly recommendations

By Karen Creed, 8 March 2023
Flag of Ireland (photo credit: OpenClipart-Vectors via pixabay)
Flag of Ireland (photo credit: OpenClipart-Vectors via pixabay)
The Government has confirmed a referendum on gender equality will be held later this year. Proposals for constitutional amendments are to be published by the end of June, with the referendum due to take place in November. The Government's intention to hold this referendum follows recommendations made by the Citizen's Assembly on Gender Equality two years ago. The recommended amendments to Articles 40 and 41 of the Constitution included the woman "within the home" reference be deleted and replaced. It was also recommended that the Constitution, which has been in place since 1937, should refer explicitly to gender equality and non-discrimination. A Special Oireachtas Committee was established to consider the recommendations and the Government response and it concluded its work last December. In announcing the planned referendum on gender equality and a timeframe, the Government has said it will establish an inter-departmental group this month to agree on proposals.
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