"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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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.

The National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 is the framework through which the Government will pursue actions to advance the rights of women and girls. A Strategy Committee advises on implementation and reporting progress.

For information on the statutory code of practice on sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace, see the IHREC website.

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.




Monday 11 March 2019

Ireland’s chairing of the UN Commission for the Status of Women

Ambassador Byrne Nason is to chair the 63rd session of the UN Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) which opens this morning, 11 March 2019, in New York. Also attending as head of the Irish delegation is Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD.

The Commission for the Status of Women was established in 1946 as a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. In March 2017, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN was elected by acclamation as Chair of the 45-member Commission for its sessions in 2018 and 2019. The priority theme for the 63rd session, which concludes on 22 March 2019, will focus on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Commission will also review progress made in regard to women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development, a theme last discussed at its 60th session.

During the session in New York, selected discussions are broadcast live and may be viewed online at UN WebTV. Further information about the Commission's work and the forthcoming session is available on the UN Women website and from Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.

For updates on Twitter, please see: #CSW63; also @IrishMissionUN @DeptJusticeIRL and @HumanRightsIRL

Monday 11 March 2019

EU public consultation on gender equality in the EU rules

On International Women's Day, 8 March 2019, the European Commission launched a public consultation to seek views concerning gender equality in the EU at present as well as future priorities. For further information about this consultation, which is open for submissions until 31 May, please see the following consultation page.

Monday 14 January 2019

EU public consultation on impact of EU rules on equal pay 

On 11 January 2019, the European Commission launched a public consultation to gather information on the impact of EU rules on equal pay. The consultation is open until 5 April 2019.

For information on making a submission, please see the following online consultation page.
More information from the European Commission on equal pay and the gender pay gap can be found on the Commission's website.


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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.

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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.