My name is Lydia Foy. I was born transgendered in 1947. I come from a very conservative family and they struggled to understand my situation. The antagonism I experienced was fairly vicious, to put it mildly – there was a huge lack of understanding of transgender issues at the time, compounded by the attitudes that […]
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In education news, ‘Politics and Society’ will be rolled out as a new optional Leaving Certificate subject for students in September 2016.
Forty-six countries around the world completely ban corporal punishment, including 20 of the 28 EU states. Ireland is now one of them. Last Wednesday, TDs passed an amendment to the Children First Bill, removing a “reasonable chastisement” provision from Irish law, which had allowed parents and carers to use corporal punishment in certain circumstances. Thanks to […]
Over the coming weeks, the #MakeRightsReal blog will feature opinion pieces and reviews on a diverse range of issues. Here, 17-year-old Leaving Cert student Taillte May reviews a new documentary about Malala Yousafzai and uncovers how Irish teenagers can relate to the story of this extraordinary young woman. ‘He Named Me Malala’ is a documentary […]
Last week marked the 65th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, better known as the European Convention on Human Rights. The Convention was signed in Rome on 4th November 1950 by 12 member states of the Council of Europe. It entered into force on 3rd September 1953, becoming the first instrument […]
Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission published an interesting report yesterday, ‘Is Britain Fairer?’, which it describes as “the most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain”. The report looks at current human rights and equality challenges, as Britain becomes more ethnically and religiously diverse than […]
The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is the key international instrument in the fight against racism. It essentially resolves to “adopt all necessary measures for speedily eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms and manifestations, and to prevent and combat racist doctrines and practices in order to promote […]
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