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February 2016
Discussion space for members on the Repeal the 8th Campaign 

The Equality & Rights Alliance is exploring  formally joining the Repeal the 8th coalition.  In order to generate dialogue on the issue and any decision to join and on how ERA members can show solidarity on this issue, as well as for other collective campaigns in the future, ERA is hosting a meeting for members to consider the issues involved, how they could engage their own members in the issues, and how they could show solidarity with the campaign, and inform ERA’s decision on joining the campaign. 

Ailbhe Smyth, coordinator of the Repeal the 8th Coalition and ERA board member will give a short presentation on the campaign and ERA will facilitate discussion among members at a meeting on Tuesday  March 15th at 11am in the offices of the NWCI. 

For more information, please email or phone 087 2858485 to confirm a place

Details of the meeting will be circulated via our Facebook page & Twitter as well as newsletter

Concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published an assessment of Ireland’s protection of children’s rights on the 4th February. Among the concerns raised by the Committee were:

Structural discrimination against Traveller & Roma children, 

Lack of effective measures for children to opt-out of religious classes and access appropriate alternatives to such classes

The lack of a comprehensive inclusion strategy for children with disabilities in mainstream education 

The health of children living in poverty, children from one-parent families, Roma & Traveller Children 

The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act” of 2014 which only allows for abortion when there is a “real and substantial risk” to the life of the mother and criminalises abortion even in instances where the pregnancy results from rape, incest, or in cases of severe foetal impairment

The significant rise in the number of children living in consistent poverty, and the disproportionate effect this has on  children from Traveller, Roma, refugee backgrounds as well as those who live in single-parent households.

The increase in families being made homeless

The full text of the concluding observations can be found here



Public Sector Duty- space for ERA members to discuss

Read the ERA publication “A New Public Sector Equality & Human Rights Duty

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The Equality and Rights Alliance Public Sector Duty working group will hold its first meeting on Thursday 3rd March in the offices of the NWCI at 11am. The aim of this is to bring ERA members together to look at how Civil Society organisations can ensure the implementation of the public sector duty in a way that advances equality and human rights at local and national levels. This discussion and action space will also look at the approach proposed for the public sector duty and how this can be developed and advanced. 

If you are interested in being part of this group, email or phone 087 2858485. 

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