‘Clay deaf’ – Fianna Fáil faces backlash for setting up women’s health conference


Fianna Fáil has faced setbacks for setting up her women’s health conference, due next week.

Enator Lisa Chambers organized the conference, which is the first of its kind to be held in Dublin on April 28th.

The party said it wanted to have an “honest” conversation about women’s needs. The conference aims to inform policymakers by bringing together experts, health workers and members of the public to share their experiences.

However, when the poster for the event was released on Tuesday, the party was criticized for not including women of color or representatives of minorities or disability groups as panellists.

Senator Eileen Flynn said the idea of ​​inclusivity was not “obvious” on the poster for the event. She added that, in her opinion, the women represented on the panel were “wealthy women”.

“I am very aware that there are women on this board who have life experience. I am very aware of this and I will say that a woman from a minority ethnic group may not have the financial means to get out of these horrible situations,” she said.

“I want to point that out as well, so I’m not saying these women don’t know what they’re talking about, I’m just saying that I think they are wealthy women.”

An Irish Travelers campaigner, Senator Flynn said she had been asked by the council to speak at the event but declined the invitation as she felt she had enough platform already.

“If it was an all women conference, you would actually see that on the poster. To be fair, at the National Women’s Council of Ireland they invited me to speak and I said no, I have a platform, I’m a politician so I’d appreciate it if that seat went to someone else,” She said.

“There is no such thing as a woman of color and there is no such thing as a trans woman, and I understand and appreciate that these women have life experiences, but it’s really about helping each other.”

Senator Chambers said she has listened to the feedback and will not be “deaf” to the criticism. She said she has already started making changes to the panel.

“I’ll think about it and make changes and add speakers, I’ll take the feedback and listen to that and I have no problem making changes because nobody’s perfect and I want the day to be a success,” he said she said RTÉs Liveline.

“The idea was that the panel should be interactive with the audience, so all the organizations were invited, they have reserved seats and the idea was that there would be a back and forth.”

Senator Chambers said the conference is one for “every woman” but will address diversity concerns.

“There’s diversity but not to the full extent, we have an autistic woman, we have different heights in our body image panel, we have someone from the disability sector so there’s diversity, it’s just not the full spectrum and I accept that and will address these concerns,” she said.

“I accept if you look at the conference and some of the speakers that they don’t reflect all of that work and I’ll address that.”

“Just to get into the idea that this is a conference for rich women or women in a certain field, this conference is for every woman. I grew up in a social house, I don’t come from a privileged background.”

Meanwhile, at Leinster House, Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane said the event left out single parents, women with disabilities and minority women, which was a “great shame”.

“I find it really disappointing when we look at women’s health, I think it’s really important that it’s all women and not just some.

“Of course, if you’re hosting a conference on an issue related to women and healthcare, it’s very important and it’s an issue we don’t talk about enough. For this reason such a conference is welcome in itself.

“But if you leave out women who in some cases suffer, you could say suffer most in terms of access to health care and those with real life experience, if they are excluded from a conference like this, then I think what good is that Conference?” ‘Clay deaf’ – Fianna Fáil faces backlash for setting up women’s health conference

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