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By Amnesty International
Today, people all over the world are marking St Patrick’s Day and honouring what it means to be Irish. The Eiffel Tower is glowing green in France and in the USA, President Obama is hosting the Irish Prime Minister at the White House’s annual celebration.
As part of the celebrations, we should include progress on key human rights concerns, because these, too, count towards what it means to be Irish.
Last May, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality for all its people, regardless of their sexual orientation – by popular vote. This victory was applauded all over the world as a beacon of hope to those who fight for justice, freedom and equality.
Now, the Irish people are calling for these same principles of equality and non-discrimination to apply to women and girls. In a country with one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, a massive 87% of people polled recently said they wanted increased access to abortion.