Ireland will vote on November 1st to remove “outmoded” references to women’s places in the home from its constitution.
On Wednesday, the Irish government announced that it would hold a referendum about Article 41.2. It states Ireland recognizes that women give to the state support by living in the home and that mothers should not feel compelled to work outside the home.
Any amendment to Ireland’s 86 year-old constitution must be approved in a popular vote. Since 1937, the country has had 38 referendums.
Recent years saw large majority support for allowing same-sex marriage, and loosing restrictive abortion laws .
Citizens’ assembly, a forum that debates proposed constitutional changes before a referendum, recommended that the references to women’s places in the home be removed and replaced with non-discriminatory and neutral language.
As part of International Women’s Day festivities, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated: “I am happy to announce that our government plans to hold an election to amend our Constitution to enshrine equality in gender and to eliminate the outdated reference to ‘women at home’.”
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