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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 Department of Justice and Equality is currently preparing Ireland's comprehensive national review on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Details of the process are on our Beijing +25 page, and previous reports published in relation to Ireland's response to these commitments are available here.

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 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 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.




Wednesday 29 May 2019

Ministers Donohoe and Stanton launch first report of the 'Balance for Better Business' Initiative

Today, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Pascal Donohoe TD, and  Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, launched the first report of the Balance for Better Business Review Group led by co-chairs Bríd Horan and Gary Kennedy. The Group has set targets of 33% female directors for ISEQ 20 companies by 2023 and 25% for all other Irish listed companies.

For further details please see the Press Statement. The report is available for download at www.betterbalance.ie.

Wednesday 29 May 2019

IHREC Student Bursary Scheme 2019

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has launched the fourth year of its student bursary scheme for prospective students of the Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), a one-year, part-time programme that has been developed by IHREC in conjunction with the IPA. The application process is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 21 June 2019 at 5pm. Full details are available from IHREC at https://www.ihrec.ie/our-work/student-bursary-scheme/.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Vacancies at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is recruiting a Head of Operations and a Procurement Assistant. Both positions are based in Vilnius, Lithuania. For further details, please see the notifications on EIGE's recruitment page.

Thursday 23 May 2019

New Survey on Gender Balance in Business

New statistics on gender balance in business leadership were released today by the Central Statistics Office. The survey, conducted for the first time in 2019, provides statistics on gender representation at the most senior levels in large enterprises in Ireland. Among its findings were that the gender composition of large companies' boards was 20% women and 80% men, 7% of the chairpersons of such boards were women, and 28% of senior executives  in large companies were women. The survey was conducted in response to the Balance for Better Business initiative and it aims to provide benchmark information on gender representation. The CSO plans to repeat this survey every two years to track future trends.

For further details please see the CSO Press Statement and release: Gender Balance in Business Survey 2019


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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.