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Wake Up to the Attack on Women

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Because of the budget cuts the Equality Authority will have difficulty opening new case files. It will not be able to assist people to contest discrimination cases appealed to Higher Courts. It may not even be in a position to meet commitments to current clients. This could open the agency to claims of negligence. Worse still, it will mean that people who are discriminated against cannot be supported.

Women like Heather Lane, who was discriminated against and victimised only because she was pregnant and had young children will be left to their own devises.

On behalf of all women, we are asking politicians to wake up to the attack on equality and human rights in Budget 2009.

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Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

65 organisations representing over 2 million people

Access Ireland

Age Action

Age and Opportunity

Amnesty International Irish section




Carers Association

Children’s Rights Alliance


Community Platform

Community Workers Co-operative

Doras Bui

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

Family Resource Centres National Forum



Greater Dublin Independent Living

Human Rights Centre, NUIG

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Inclusion Ireland


Integrating Ireland

Irish Association of Advocates

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Nurses Organisation

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Refugee Council

Irish Traveller Movement

Kilbarrack CDP

Labour LGBT

LIR Anti Racism Training and Education Programme


Methodist Women of Ireland

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre

National Lesbian & Gay Federation

National Collective of Community Women’s Networks

National Traveller Women’s Forum

National Women’s Council of Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland

One Family


Pavee Point

People Before Profit Alliance

Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign



The Wheel



UCD School of Social Justice

Union of Students in Ireland

Women’s Aid

Women Together Network (WTN)