Ireland: “Department of Justice, Equality and Women’s Rights” is now “Department of Justice and Equality”

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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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Groan

    Indeed Philip Davies needs to know of this. Hardly a revolution but a welcome change.

  • Slowcoach

    Clearly there is good and bad here.

    Good in that to speak of women’s rights only and not men’s is less acceptable than before, bad in respect of the deceit involved.

    But it must be expected that change will be incremental, and this IS change — a welcome straw in the wind.

  • Hugo1

    Don’t expect much from this change in terminology.
    The relevant Government Minister (Frances Fitzgerald) is a longstanding feminist.
    Ireland has signed the Istanbul Convention on her watch.

  • MacOisdealbh

    I know the acronym isn’t the same but it does sound similar to the the Gestapo if you take Webster’s definition “a secret-police organization employing underhanded and terrorist methods against persons suspected of disloyalty”