Sinn Féin MLAs Karen Mullan and Caoimhe Archibald joined party activists in Belfast’s Titanic quarter yesterday to take part in the mass artwork Processions event in support of women’s rights.
Caoimhe Archibald said:
“Today’s event marked 100 years on from the achievement of the right to vote for some women and the continuing fight for gender equality and women’s rights.
“Following the result of the repeal the 8th referendum, today’s event saw activists from the south travel to Belfast to express solidarity with women in the north in their campaign for compassionate and appropriate healthcare services and the decriminalisation of women accessing abortion.
“The result of the referendum has pointed very clearly to a changing Ireland and highlighted the continued denial of rights by the DUP, marriage rights, language rights and women’s rights, with the north increasingly becoming a backwater for rights.”
Karen Mullan MLA said that Sinn Féin’s young woman’s committee carried a banner to ensure the first female MP Constance Markievicz isn’t written out of history.
Karen Mullan said:
“The Sinn Féin young woman’s committee carried a banner they made to remember Constance Markievicz.
“Markievicz was the first elected female MP in 1918 and became the first female government minister in Western Europe when she became a minister in the First Dáil in 1919.
“But because she and the Sinn Féin team of 73 MPs abstained from Westminster her contribution is often overlooked and she has often been written out of history.
“The Sinn Féin youth contingent wanted to ensure that she is recognised for her advocacy of women’s rights.”