‘It’s not for the state to prescribe where a woman’s place is’ – Ireland to amend its constitution

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar holds a news conference as Ireland plans to hold a referendum in November to delete references to a woman’s place being in the home from its constitution.

In recent years, the 86-year-old constitution has been amended to remove bans on abortion and permit same-sex marriage, but “outmoded” references to women’s role in society remain.

Article 41.2 says the state recognises that “by her life within the home, woman gives to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved” and that “mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.”

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