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Tuesday 19 July 2016

Minister Stanton Reiterates Importance of Broad-Based Engagement on Equality and Human Rights

Mr David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, today spoke at the Government’s consultation for civil society on Ireland’s report to the UN on our implementation on the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


The Minister said “Today’s event will give civil society a chance to review the progress that we have made over the past decade on women’s rights. All of us must play our part in promoting equality and human rights. Each of us can make a difference in helping to respect the rights of all. Civil society has an important contribution to play in this process.”

The Minister added “I welcome the progress that we are making on equality and human rights. I am particularly pleased that once the Paternity Leave Bill has been enacted, fathers of children born from 1 September will get the right to two weeks paternity leave. The measure will be good for children, for fathers, for families.”


On 12 July, Minister Stanton addressed the UN General Assembly’s High Level Thematic Debate on Human Rights at the Centre of the Global Agenda.

Minister Stanton also met key officials to discuss best practice in promoting integration and in supporting refugees to settle into their new communities.

Minister Stanton said “We have to get integration right. We have to support those coming into Ireland to build futures for themselves and for their families. New York, a city that has diversity at its heart, can give us vital lessons in getting the process right.”


Minister Stanton concluded “Creating a society that respects the rights of all is a collective process. As I said to the UN, if we harness our collective commitment and experience we can ensure that human rights remains firmly established at the centre of the global agenda. I believe that the same applies here in Ireland. A shared commitment to the values of equality and human rights can ensure that they remain at the heart of our society.”


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