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LW Submission on the Review of Legislation on Prostitution

Posted on August 31, 2012

Labour Women Conference first supported the so called 'Swedish model' back in 2001. Two years earlier Sweden had passed a law which was unique in the world : legislation which criminalised the purchaser of sex. This approach completely turned around the myth that prostitution is inevitable or that prostitution is fine because people choose to do it. The Swedish approach saw prostitutes as people with either little choice or with misguided reasons to enter prostitution, and attempted to protect them with this legislation. The approach saw the buyer as the one who has to be reined in and punished for using persons who engage in prostitution.

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LW speaks at the TORL submission launch

Posted on August 24, 2012

Labour Women joined the Turn Off the Red Light (TORL) for the launch of the TORL submission on prostitution laws. 55 organisations representing at least 2 million people came together to voice their support for the campaign to legislate to criminalise purchasing sex. Labour Women joined organsiations such as SIPTU, IMO and Ruhama to call for this legislative change.

sinead ahern lw chair with akidwa and doras luimni reps Sinead Ahern LW Chair with reps from Akidwa and Doras Luimni at the TORL submission launch

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A message from Labour Women's outgoing Chair

Posted on July 23, 2012

A message from Katherine Dunne, outgoing Chair of Labour Women

katherine dunne (right) pictured with nessa childers MEP and cllr mary freehill Katherine Dunne (right) pictured with Nessa Childers MEP and Cllr Mary Freehill

At a meeting of the Labour Women executive on Saturday I stood down as Chair of Labour Women, having accepted a job offer in the UK starting in August. The five years I have served on the Labour Women exec, the last three as Chair, have been challenging and rewarding in many ways. It has been a pleasure to work with members of the party at all levels to increase women's participation in the Labour Party and put women's issues on the agenda.

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LW see their campaign to increase women's political participation materialise

Posted on July 21, 2012

Labour Women has welcomed the passing of the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill 2011 in the Dáil and the Seanad this July. The passing of this bill sees LW achieve their goal of legislating to increase the participatuion of women in politics materialise.

The bill is a measure to increase the participation of women in politics. Parties that do not run a minimum 30% female candidates in general elections, increasing to 40% over time, will lose half of their state funding. The parties have a choice to make, but if their choice is not to run sufficient number of women they choose to give up some of their funding.
The evidence has showed that 'softer' measures to increase women's participation have not worked. A legislative incentive is needed to increase women's political participation.

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LW welcomes passing of the Electoral Funding Bill

Posted on July 20, 2012

Labour Women welcomes the final stages of the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill 2011 which passed in the Dáil yesterday and returns to the Seanad today. The bill contains measures to increase the participation of women in politics by imposing financial penalties on parties that do not run a minimum 30% female candidates in general elections, increasing to 40% over time.

lw attend seanad electoral bill debate  LW attended the Seanad debate on the Electoral Bill in Feb 2012 when legislating for women's increased political representation was becoming reality

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LW welcomes Public Consultation on prostitution laws

Posted on June 25, 2012

Labour Women has welcomed the announcement of a Government Public Consultation on amending Irish prostitution laws.

This Consultation is a result of both the changed nature of prostitution in Ireland and the growing campaign to change the prostitution laws. Prostitution is no longer something that happens on the streets. Instead most of it takes place in apartments and off-street locations, making the trade more invisible.

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Labour Women call for Yes vote in Stability Treaty referendum

Posted on May 16, 2012

Labour Women launch Stability Treaty Yes campaign

Labour Women hosted a 'Why Women Should Vote YES' event in Dublin with Minister Joan Burton and the three Labour MEPs Nessa Childers, Emer Costello and Phil Prendergast.

Emer Costello MEP, Nessa Childers MEP, Minister Joan Burton, Phil Prendergast MEP and Katherine Dunne LW Chair at Women Women Should Vote YES event in Dublin.

The 5 reasons for women to vote YES are the very same reasons the Labour Party has been talking about during this campaign. Strong euro, Good housekeeping, Investment and Trade, Safety net and Growth. All are good for women.

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LW celebrates 40 years of Labour Women

Posted on November 13, 2011

Labour Women Conference - Celebrating 40 Years of Labour Women

lw conference 2011 panel LW Conference panel Minister Joan Burton TD, Senator Susan O'Keeffe, Senator Ivana Bacik, Cllr Emer Costello, Cllr Niamh Breathnach, Cllr Mary Freehill who looked back on the 40years of Labour Women - all have played their part in Labour Women

The Lord Mayor Cllr Andrew Montague opened the event with his welcoming words. 'We have made progress in the 40 years that Labour Women have been working for women's advancement in politics, but we continue to have a lack of women in political decision-making. It is particularly at local level where we must attract women to put themselves forward in election.' The Lord Mayor has been a long-standing supporter of more balanced politics and issues that affect women.

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LW National Conference : 'Celebrating 40 Years of Labour Women'

Posted on November 10, 2011

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Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore TD will address
Labour Women Conference

Labour Women National Conference takes place on Sat 12th Nov in Dublin. The Conference celebrates 40 years of Labour Women, marking the establishemnt of the Women's Advisory Council in 1971. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore TD will address the Conference in the morning. Minister Joan Burton TD will be chairing the afternoon session when the guest speakers Cllr Mary Freehill, Cllr Niamh Breathnach, Cllr Emer Costello and Senator Ivana Bacik look back on the last four decades of Labour Women. All Labour Women members are warmly welcome!

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