IPH celebrates International Women’s Day 2018. Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the entire world. In particular, IPH would like to highlight the importance of physical and mental health of girls and women.
In April 2017, the Department of Justice and Equality launched the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020: creating a better society for all. IPH welcomed the specific inclusion of women’s physical and mental health as one of five high level objectives within this national strategy on women’s equality.
IPH released a consultation response to the strategy and can be accessed here.
Some of the key points raised in this consultation response were:
- Positive physical and mental health supports girls and women to participate fully in opportunities within social, cultural and economic life Gender based inequalities in access to social and economic opportunity can threaten the health of women and their families.
- The stated women’s equality actions focus solely on health services within the national strategy. Action on social determinants of health and the root causes of health inequality among girls and women is also required.
- IPH would welcome action on further empowering Irish women to feel confident and supported to breastfeed.
- IPH recommends that the final strategy should better reflect issues relating to population ageing within the women’s equality agenda.