Our thanks to Elizabeth, who has just emailed this:
I have just discovered that, in Ireland, seemingly without an official announcement or any explanation , the ‘Minister for Justice, Equality and Women’s Rights’ recently became the ‘Minister for Justice and Equality’. The thinking, reportedly, remains the same, and a glance at the homepage for The Department of Justice and Equality reveals that their Gender Equality Division is working on (and consulting the public on) a National Women’s Strategy. However, the fact that they have felt the need to cover up their partisanship – and that this move hasn’t been publicised by the government – speaks volumes.
I have sent The Department for Justice and Equality a FOI request asking when and why this happened, but won’t hold my breath…
The name change is surely a recognition that an overt concern only for women’s rights is becoming untenable. It’s only a name change, however, and the covert concern for women only will continue. In the UK there are plenty of bodies with seemingly non-ideological titles – the Equality and Human Rights Commission being an obvious example – whose focus is overwhelmingly on “women’s rights”, or in plain English, the relentless extension of women’s privileges, and the inevitable resulting disadvantaging / emasculation of men.
I predict it won’t be long before the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons renames itself the Equalities Committee, following the recent appointment of the heroic Philip Davies MP.
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