The family unit is incredibly important within Irish Traveller culture. Traveller women play an important role in their immediate family and the wider Traveller community. They have the responsibility for the home, family and children. On behalf of their families they often take on leadership roles, acting as spokespeople for their communities.
Children of ethnic minority communities and indigenous peoples have the right to enjoy their own culture, to practice their own religion and to use their own language – (article 30, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).
Young Travellers make up the majority of the population. 80% of Travellers are under the age of 25 and over 50% are under 15, 40% are under ten years of age. The majority of Traveller children live in conditions below the minimum requirement for healthy child development and the infant mortality rates are three times greater than the national average.
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