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 Constitution of Ireland.
  • Comprehensive legislation and structures are put in place to address discrimination on nine named grounds, which include gender, family status and civil status.
  • Ireland's social protection programme includes maternity leave, paternity 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and to enable their full participation in Irish society.


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

Key Participants

Gender Equality in Employment

Violence Against Women

European Social Fund: Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020