Yesterday People Before Profit launched its manifesto.
The full Manifesto is available to read here, but below are a few extracts that relate to subjects covered on the Engage 17 Website can be found below:
“In particular, we will: Continue to campaign for immediate legislation to enact marriage equality.”(p21)
“A recent report from the Equality Commission found that a woman is more likely to be sacked from their job when pregnant than at any other time in her life. Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, is now subject to a Benefit Cap which the Guardian newspaper has described as the “two-child” policy i.e. parents will only receive benefits for the first two children in their family- even when the third or subsequent child was born when the parent(s) was in employment.
Yet we are the only part of the UK where abortion is not available on the Health Service and where women too poor to travel to England for an abortion are prosecuted for taking pills obtained over the internet.
People Before Profit trust women to know when they can and cannot bring a child into the world. We want to see abortion treated as a health care issue between a woman and her doctor- legal, safe and available free on the NHS. We can for an immediate end to the criminalisation of women who terminate pregnancies and will work within the Assembly to end the prosecution of women who take abortion pills.” (p20-21)
“The LGBTQ community has been failed by Stormont. For too long their rights have been denied, whilst bigots in the Assembly are given free rein to offend…. PBP will continue to work closely with those from the LGBTQ community who are determined to achieve full equality. In particular, we will:
- Work with the LGBTQ groups and teachers to devise a strategy for eliminating transphobia, biphobia and homophobia within schools, starting with the recording of homophobic bullying incidents and a sex-ed programme fit for the 21st
- Put pressure within the Assembly for a Sexual Orientation Strategy.
- Work with others to produce a Gender Recognition Bill for Northern Ireland which includes the best elements of the legislation passed in the South.” (p21)