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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.

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

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.

The Houses of the Oireachtas will be marking 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 will take place throughout 2018, with further details on the Oireachtas website.

Discovering Women in Irish History (Scoilnet, Department of Education and Skills).




Tuesday 12 June 2018

Vacancy - Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE): closing date for applications 29 June 2018

The European Commission has announced a campaign to recruit a new Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), to take office from mid-April 2019 on the retirement of the serving Director. The vacancy was published on 1 June 2018 in the EU Official Journal and the closing date for registration of applications is noon (Brussels time) on 29 June 2018.

For further details, please see: vacancy for the Director of EIGE (Vilnius, Lithuania) 

 “We want to ensure that no one is left behind. Rural women and girls are often the farthest and hardest to reach. But that should not deter us from redoubling our efforts to ensure that they too can benefit”.
Minister Stanton delivers Ireland's national statement to UN CSW62, with Ambassador Byrne Nason presiding as Chair. Tuesday 13 March 2018, UN, New York.

 Minister Stanton at UNCSW62, March 2018

Monday 12 March 2018

Ireland’s chairing of the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women, New York

In March 2017, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN was elected by acclamation as Chair of the 45-member Commission on the Status of Women for its next two sessions in 2018 and 2019.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, is representing the Government at the 62nd session of CSW, taking place from 12 to 23 March 2018 and chaired by Ambassador Byrne Nason.

The priority theme for 2018 will focus on the empowerment of rural women and girls. The Commission will also review progress made in regard to women’s participation in and access to the media and the impact and use of ICT to advance women’s empowerment, last discussed at its 47th session.

A welcome message from Ambassador Byrne Nason and further information about the Commission's work and the forthcoming session can be viewed on the UN Women website, and from Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

During the session in New York, selected discussions are broadcast live and may be viewed online at UN WebTV.

For updates on Twitter, please see: #CSW62 @IrishMissionUN @DeptJusticeIRL



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