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# Women in the Home

Last month
November 2023
Wording concerns remain as date set for 'women in the home' and definition of family referendums
The Taoiseach confirmed yesterday that the Government is aiming to hold both referendums in early March next year.
Opinion: Beware the referendum proposal on the women in the home – all is not as it seems
The Constitutional law lecturer says the proposed change falls far short of what should be included.
This year
2023
Two referendums on gender equality and family expected to take place next year
Votes on women’s ‘place in the home’ and the definition of the family in the Constitution will take place on the same date.
Women in the Home Referendum will likely be held next year, Minister says
The Taoiseach said during the summer that he expected the Referendum to take place as planned in November.
Two referendums instead of one may be required on gender equality with 'tight' November timeline
A referendum on the ‘women in the home’ clause and a separate vote on the definition of family may be needed.
Varadkar says ‘women in the home’ referendum will be held in November, despite rumours of delay
Varadkar conceded that there has been some difficulty agreeing on the wording of any proposed amendment.
All time
Poll: Should reference to women's 'life within the home' in the Constitution be amended?
The Justice Committee published a report on the matter yesterday.
Referendum on women’s place in the home delayed after committee vote
The Oireachtas Justice Committee has voted for pre-legislative scrutiny of the removal of the women in the home reference.
Citizens' Assembly to consider care issue in a bid to prevent referendum delay
Minister Flanagan sent a letter regarding the referendum on the women’s place in the home to Justice Committee members this week.
Referendum on women’s place in the home may be delayed until next year
Concerns have been raised about the proposal for a straight-forward deletion of the reference to women in the home in the Constitution.
Taoiseach says 'women in the home' reference in the Constitution is 'sexist, anachronistic language'
Varadkar said it is time to separate the idea that women are inherently linked to caring and family roles.
Government set to approve plan to hold woman's 'life within the home' referendum in October
However, there is no consensus among the Oireachtas women’s caucus as to whether the wording should be deleted or amended.
No referendum on ‘women in the home’ clause before "extensive consultations"
The government says that a possible referendum on altering the article 41.2 of the constitution is complicated by the desire to acknowledge the work of home carers.
Constitutional Convention votes to alter 'women in home' clause
A vast majority of the delegates voted to change the article, with 98 per cent supporting a proposal to make it gender-neutral.
Cautious welcome given to progress on constitutional convention
Interest groups have welcomed the latest reports that draft proposals on the makeup of the convention are imminent – as long as there is sufficient consultation.