News & Events
Thursday 5 January 2017
Registration deadline extended for the Public Consultation Meeting in Sligo on the new National Women's Strategy
The registration deadline for the public consultation meeting in Sligo has been extended until noon on Tuesday 10 January 2017. For details of all dates and how to register your interest in attending please see the Public Consultation Meetings page.
Thursday 29 December 2016
Announcement of venue for Public Consultation Meeting in Dublin on the new National Women's Strategy
The public consultation meeting in Dublin will take place at the Alexander Hotel on 18 January 2017, with registration open until 12 January. Registration is still open for the meetings in Sligo on 12 January and in Athlone on 16 January. Public consultation meetings will also take place in Sligo, Athlone and Dublin during January 2017. For details of all dates and how to register your interest in attending please see the Public Consultation Meetings page.
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Announcement of further Public Consultation Meetings on the new National Women's Strategy
Public consultation meetings will also take place in Sligo, Athlone and Dublin during January 2017. For details of how to register your interest in attending please see the Public Consultation Meetings page.
Thursday 1 December 2016
Announcement of first Public Consultation Meeting on the new National Women's Strategy
The first public consultation meeting will take place in Cork on Monday 19 December. For details of how to register your interest in attending please see the Public Consultation Meetings page.
Wednesday 23 November 2016
Public consultation to inform the new National Women's Strategy
On 23 November 2016, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, launched a public consultation on the forthcoming National Women's Strategy. The new Strategy will set out Government policy on promoting equality and the empowerment of women and girls from 2017 to 2020.
The public consultation process is open from 23 November 2016 and will conclude at 17:00 on Friday 27 January 2017. The Department of Justice and Equality is seeking the views of the public and all interested parties on the consultation document to help inform the new Strategy.
The findings of the consultation process will be reviewed by the Strategy Committee established to assist the Department of Justice and Equality on the preparation of the Strategy. It is expected that the Strategy will be finalised and launched early in 2017.
Link to Consultation: Public Consultation November 2016
Link to Press Release: Public consultation opens on the new National Women's Strategy
Thursday 22 September 2016
Migrant Integration and Gender Equality Funding Round Launched Department of Justice opens Call for EU funded projects
Mr David Stanton, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Integration, Immigration and Equality, today launched a significant new grant funding round. Funding totalling €13.3 million over four years has been made available for migrant integration and gender equality projects.
Further details can be found here: Call for EU funded projects.
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Submission of Ireland's periodic report to CEDAW
Ireland's combined 6th and 7th periodic reports under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was submitted on 15 September 2016. The report was prepared following consultations with civil society held on 19 July.
Ireland's report will be considered by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its sixty-sixth session, which is scheduled to be held from 13 February to 3 March 2017 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
The report is now available at the following link: CEDAW
Tuesday 30 August 2016
Update on CEDAW Consultation event
A report of the issues raised at the event is now available at the following link: Report of issues raised at CEDAW consultation
Tuesday 19 July 2016
Minister Stanton Reiterates Importance of Broad-based Engagement on Equality and Human Rights
Mr David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, today spoke at the Government’s consultation for civil society on Ireland’s report to the UN on our implementation on the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
The Minister said “Today’s event will give civil society a chance to review the progress that we have made over the past decade on women’s rights. All of us must play our part in promoting equality and human rights. Each of us can make a difference in helping to respect the rights of all. Civil society has an important contribution to play in this process.”
The Minister added “I welcome the progress that we are making on equality and human rights. I am particularly pleased that once the Paternity Leave Bill has been enacted, fathers of children born from 1 September will get the right to two weeks paternity leave. The measure will be good for children, for fathers, for families.”
On 12 July, Minister Stanton addressed the UN General Assembly’s High Level Thematic Debate on Human Rights at the Centre of the Global Agenda.
Minister Stanton also met key officials to discuss best practice in promoting integration and in supporting refugees to settle into their new communities.
Minister Stanton said “We have to get integration right. We have to support those coming into Ireland to build futures for themselves and for their families. New York, a city that has diversity at its heart, can give us vital lessons in getting the process right.”
Minister Stanton concluded “Creating a society that respects the rights of all is a collective process. As I said to the UN, if we harness our collective commitment and experience we can ensure that human rights remains firmly established at the centre of the global agenda. I believe that the same applies here in Ireland. A shared commitment to the values of equality and human rights can ensure that they remain at the heart of our society.”
Monday 4 July 2016
CEDAW Consultation event
We have gathered information across Government Departments in response to the questions raised in the CEDAW List of Issues and will discuss the draft text in a working consultation meeting with civil society from 10am on July 19 2016 in the Atrium, Department of Justice and Equality, 51 St. Stephens Green.
For details of the event and how to register, please refer to http://www.upr.ie/
For more information about the CEDAW Convention, please refer to the International Policy section of our website.
Tuesday 14 June 2016
Call for proposals under the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has issued a Call for Proposals under the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016. The scheme is open to a wide range of groups and organisations and aims to support human rights and equality activities in the areas of research, education, training, integration, equality and diversity.
NGOs and civil society groups (including non-profit organisations, community groups and trade unions), public bodies and academic institutions can apply. The completed form should be returned to IHREC before 17:00, 13th July 2016.
You will find further information regarding the scheme here: Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016
Wednesday 18 May 2016
Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is monitored by the CEDAW Committee, a body of independent experts on women's rights from around the world. As a party to the treaty Ireland is obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of the Convention are implemented.
In March 2016, the CEDAW Committee sent Ireland a list of issues and questions prior to reporting, under the simplified reporting procedure for human rights treaty bodies adopted by resolution of the General Assembly in 2014. Ireland’s replies to this list will constitute the combined 6th and 7th periodic reports under the Convention. Consultations with civil society on preparation of this report will commence shortly, with a view to submitting the report by the deadline of 12 September 2016.
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