National Strategies


The National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020: Creating a Better Society for All

The new National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 was launched at an event in Dublin Castle on 3 May 2017 by the Tánaiste, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, and by the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Mr David Stanton, TD. For the Ministers' press release, please see the website of the Department of Justice and Equality. 

For the Strategy in English and in Irish, please see links below.

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Download National Strategy For Women And Girls 2017-2020 (English)

Download Straitéis Náisiúnta na mBan agus na gCailíní 2017-2020 (Gaeilge) 

Related Documents:

NSWG Progress Report 2017-2018 (8 March 2019)


Public Consultation on a new National Strategy for Women and Girls

When the previous National Women's Strategy concluded at the end of 2016, the Department of Justice and Equality undertook a public consultation process which informed the preparation of a new National Women's Strategy for the period from 2017 to 2020. Contributions from public meetings were compiled in a summary report, and along with the written submissions received, were submitted to the Strategy Committee which advised on the development of the new Strategy by the Department of Justice and Equality.

For a summary of the outcomes of the consultation process, please see the Public Consultation Meetings page.

Related Documents:

Link to press release: Public consultation opens on the new National Women's Strategy  (23 November 2016)

Link to consultation: Public Consultation November 2016


National Women's Strategy 2007-2016

The National Women's Strategy 2007-2016 was launched in April 2007, following an extensive collaboration between Government Departments and a consultative process with the social partners and the National Women's Council of Ireland. It was developed as a national policy to implement the Beijing Platform for Action developed at the Fourth World Conference of Women. The Strategy was the key policy document in relation to the advancement of women in Irish society, across all facets of the economy and society, adopted by the then Government.

The overarching aim of the Strategy was: An Ireland where all women enjoy equality with men and can achieve their full potential, while enjoying a safe and fulfilling life. The Strategy contained 20 key objectives and over 200 planned actions which together aimed to achieve this vision, grouped under three key themes: equalising socio-economic opportunity for women; ensuring the well-being of women; and engaging women as equal and active citizens.

Commissions on the Status of Women 1970-1996

A Commission on the Status of Women in Ireland was established by the Government in March 1970, with Dr Thekla Beere as chair, to examine and report on the status of women in Irish society, to make recommendations on the steps necessary to ensure the participation of women on equal terms and conditions with men in the political, social, cultural and economic life of the country and to indicate the implications generally, including the estimated cost, of such recommendations. The Commission provided two reports to Government. The first, submitted in August 1971 to the Minister for Finance, focused on the matter of equal pay. The second report was submitted in December 1972 and published in 1973. In all, the Commission made 49 recommendations and suggestions for action.

The Second Commission on the Status of Women was appointed by Government in November 1990, chaired by Justice Mella Carroll. Its terms of reference included to review the implementation of the recommendations of the first Commission on the Status of Women, to consider and make recommendations on means, including positive action measures, for ensuring equal participation of women and men. The Commission submitted its first statement to Government in 1991, followed in January 1993 by its final report, which included 210 recommendations. A Monitoring Committee, chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Equality and Law Reform, Bernard McDonagh, was established by Government to consider the recommendations and address their implementation, and produced a first progress report in 1994 and a second progress report in 1996.

The reports of both Commissions are available online from the Oireachtas Library and Research Service.


Related Documents:

National Women's Strategy 2007 -2016

National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016, Progress 2007/2008

Implementing the National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016, Progress 2009

Implementing the National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016, Progress 2010

National Women's Strategy Joint Progress Report 2011/2012

Mid-Term Review of National Women's Strategy (2013)

Towards Gender Parity in Decision-Making in Ireland (2013)

Implementing the National Women's Strategy 2007-2016, Progress Report as of 01/05/2015


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Strategy Committee 2017-2020