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Left Behind? Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland

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A talk by Northern Ireland Humanists Development Officer Boyd Sleator. Boyd will be discussing how part of the UK has been left behind when it comes to human rights and equality. Northern Ireland is probably the most conservative part of the UK, and even though it has a devolved government, that does not stop it being under jurisdiction of Westminster. For the last 50 years, women in the rest of the UK have had access to abortion health care, yet today in Northern Ireland, women are still being prosecuted for obtaining abortion pills. Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have all allowed for same-sex couples to marry, yet in Northern Ireland, where the vast majority of people and most Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are in favour of same-sex marriage, the conservative Christian politicians block it. Boyd will talk about what Northern Ireland Humanists, with the help of Humanists UK, are doing to drag this small part of the UK into the 21st century. The main talk ends at 3.30pm. After the refreshment break we will have a members' meeting which everyone is welcome to attend.