National Policy


This section of our website gives you information on the steps being taken to achieve gender equality in Ireland.

  • Equality is enshrined in the Irish Constitution.
  • The National Women's Strategy 2007-2016 was published as an all of Government commitment to foster the advancement of women in all facets of their lives. As this concludes at the end of 2016, work has begun on preparing an updated Strategy which includes a wide-ranging consultation process.
  • Comprehensive legislation and structures are put in place to address discrimination on nine grounds, including gender.
  • Ireland's social protection programme includes maternity leave, paternity leave and other family friendly leaves to support parents to reconcile work and family life. Childcare services have also been expanded to support the childcare needs of parents who are in employment, education or training.
  • State and European Social Funding have been made available for positive action programmes to support gender equality.
  • Funding support is provided for the National Women's Council of Ireland.
  • Gender mainstreaming is promoted to ensure gender is addressed in all policy.
  • Ireland's foreign policy framework reflects a strong commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment, including at the EU, the UN and the Council of Europe.


Additional links

For details on the various Topics available in this section, please select from the links below

Women in Decision-Making

Legal Basis

Government Policies

Equality for Women Measure

Gender Equality in Employment

Key Participants

Violence Against Women

EU Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020