"An Ireland where all women enjoy equality with men and can achieve their full potential, while enjoying a safe and fulfilling life"

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Gender Equality Division
Department of Justice and Equality
Bishop's Square
Redmond's Hill
Dublin 2

Email: gender_equality_inbox@justice.ie

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The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action will be marked worldwide in 2020. A comprehensive national review of Ireland's response to these commitments was submitted in 2019. This report, as well as Ireland's previous reports, are available on our Beijing +25 page.

For current information on progress towards gender equality in Ireland, see the CSO Men and Women in Ireland Report 2016. Follow Ireland's gender-sensitive implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in progress reports and on the SDG data portal. For gender statistics relevant to Ireland's progress under the Beijing Platform for Action, see the EU EIGE Gender Statistics Database.

The National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 is the whole-of-government framework through which actions to advance the rights of women and girls are being pursued. A Strategy Committee advises on implementation and reporting progress.

For information on Discovering Women in Irish History see the Scoilnet resource provided by the Department of Education and Skills. In 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas marked the one hundredth anniversary of the giving of voting rights to women and the resulting women in Parliament through the Vótáil100 / Mná san Oireachtas programme of events which took place throughout 2018, with further details on the Oireachtas website.




Saturday 25 January 2020

Inaugural meeting of Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality and public consultation

The Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality (the Assembly) is meeting today in Dublin Castle for the first time to begin the process of advancing gender equality. They are guided in this work by the Oireachtas resolution passed in July 2019 that established the Assembly. All of the Assembly’s public proceedings will be live streamed on its website, www.citizensassembly.ie, in English and as Gaeilge.

A public consultation inviting any person, group or organisation with views on achieving greater gender equality to contribute them to the work of the Assembly will be opened on Monday 27 January and will close on Friday, March 6th. Further details will be available on the Assembly’s website (www.citizensassembly.ie).  Chairperson of the Assembly, Dr Catherine Day encouraged contributions expressing the hope that ”we hear from as broad a range of opinions and voices as possible. All of the submissions received by the Assembly will be published on our website”.

For further details please see the Press Release.

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Launch of second report of Balance for Better Business Review Group

Today, Wednesday 11 December 2019, Balance for Better Business launched its second report reiterating its call for Irish companies to rapidly address the low levels of female representation on their Boards and outlining new targets for senior leadership teams of listed companies, as well as the Boards and leadership teams of large Irish-owned private companies.

For further details and a link to the report please see the Press Release.

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Government launches consultation on Flexible Working under Future Jobs Ireland

Today, 11 December 2019, the Government launched a consultation seeking the public’s views on flexible working as part of Future Jobs Ireland, the whole of Government plan to prepare businesses and workers for the future. This consultation is being undertaken to seek views from employers, employees, trades unions and the wider public on the types of flexible working arrangements currently in place and the changes that they wish to see. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on the 31/01/2020.

For further details please see the Press Statement.


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This website was developed with support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013)

This Programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields.

For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/progress


The gender equality operation is co-funded by the Irish Government as part of the European Social Fund Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.