2015 Archive

News Items from 2015

Friday 18 December 2015

Call for Proposals on Actions in the area of Integration

The European Commission has issued a Call for Proposals on actions in the area of Integration under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The call aims at funding transnational projects to foster integration of third country nationals in the Member States of the European Union with a focus on:

  • fostering integration of migrant women; and
  • facilitating the access to work and fostering integration in the work place.

You will find all relevant documents here: EU Commission - Call for proposals on the Actions in the area of Integration (deadline for submissions 29/02/2016)

Wednesday 28 October 2015

WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORT IN IRELAND – LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

 Women in Sport Holding Slide Jpeg

The Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy, Mr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., and the Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D. held the following conference:

WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORT IN IRELAND – LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD on 28th October 2015 in The Printworks Conference Centre Dublin Castle.

 An exciting line up of speakers, both national and international attended the event.

More: Women And Girls In Sport In Ireland – Let’s Level The Playing Field

 

Monday 19 October 2015

 Sport Conference

WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORT IN IRELAND – LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

The Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy, Mr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., and the Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D. are holding the following conference:

WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORT IN IRELAND – LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

28th October 2015
The Printworks Conference Centre
Dublin Castle
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Moderator – Joanne Cantwell, RTÉ

The conference aims to:
• promote greater participation of women and girls in sport in Ireland;
• highlight good practice taking place, both in Ireland and internationally;
• showcase the achievements of some of our talented sportswomen;
• highlight the variety of ways in which women in Ireland already participate in sport, including as decision-makers; administrators and volunteers; and
• explore the important role that sport plays in providing positive role models for women and girls.

An exciting line up of speakers, both national and international, is confirmed for the event - Sports Conference Programme

If you are interested in attending, please register for the event at geconference@justice.ie.


Monday 21 September 2015

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

Under this new European Social Fund (ESF) programme, the Department has successfully secured ESF funding support to operate a positive action measure for 2014-2020, entitled “Training for Women Returning to the Workforce and Women’s Entrepreneurship”

The objective of the activity is to support a cohort of those women who are currently detached from the labour market, (neither employed nor unemployed) in order to assist their return to the labour market. This will be done by offering them a locally delivered development course which will comprise a series of training opportunities focusing on self-development and work related skills.

It is likely that this will include confidence building, basic work-related IT skills, CV development, interview and self-presentation skills. It is intended that many of those who undertake the course will return to the labour market in a part time or full time capacity. A separate strand will target an increase in female entrepreneurship, focusing on supporting business women (irrespective of their economic status) to realize their full business potential.

A Call for Proposals inviting applications for funding under the Operational Programme will be published shortly, with projects to begin their activities in early 2016.

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


Thursday 17 September 2015

Minister for Equality welcomes proposals to promote improved gender balance at the top decision-making levels in the Civil Service.


The Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, TD welcomed the announcement today by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of proposals to help increase female participation at the top decision-making levels in the Civil Service.

 The Minister was speaking at the closing event of the W-LEAD pilot cross-Departmental mentoring and leadership development programme for female Principal Officers, which has been implemented by the Department of Justice and Equality with support from the European Union’s PROGRESS Fund.

Congratulating participants on completing the programme, which was also endorsed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Minister said;

 “The W-LEAD programme is a catalyst for change. For the first time, a leadership development programme has been specifically designed for the Civil Service to address the persisting gender imbalance at the most senior levels. The programme delivers a comprehensive opportunity for professional development by providing executive coaching, mentoring and leadership development training, based on the required competencies at the Assistant Secretary grade.”

 MoS and W-LEAD Participants

The Minister referred to the Government’s focus on gender balance in decision-making and the specific commitments in the Programme for Government to enhance the participation of women in public life which are, he said, clearly reflected in the Civil Service Renewal Plan.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has indicated that it will support the mainstreaming of the W-LEAD programme more widely across Departments and Offices in conjunction with a renewed Learning and Development Centre for the Civil Service, which is expected to come on stream in 2016. The programme will be complementary to a new approach to talent management at senior levels in the Civil Service which is currently being developed under the Renewal Plan.

 

Thursday 17 September 2015

Enhanced Efforts to Increase Female Participation at Senior Levels in the Civil Service

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform today announced proposals to help increase female participation at senior levels in the Civil Service.

The Civil Service Renewal Plan recognises the clear need to continue to increase female participation at senior levels in the Civil Service.  To this end, the Civil Service Renewal Plan contains a commitment to improve gender balance at each level by reviewing supports and policies to ensure these are impactful and measurable.

Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Civil Service Spokesperson welcomed the proposed approach and stated:

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is committed to improving the gender balance at senior levels in the Civil Service. We will work with other Government Departments and agencies to deliver on that aim, building on a pilot programme that has just been undertaken".

Recently, the Department of Justice and Equality, with the assistance of funding from the EU's PROGRESS programme and supported by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has undertaken a pilot mentoring and leadership development programme to increase the number of women in the top decision-making levels of the Civil Service.  The pilot was cross-Departmental with female Principal Officers from each of the 16 Government Departments participating in the programme.  The participants received executive coaching, mentoring and leadership development training which is focused at the competencies required at the Assistant Secretary General grade.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has indicated that it will support the mainstreaming of this programme more widely across Departments and Offices in conjunction with a renewed Learning and Development model for the Civil Service which is currently being developed. The programme will be complementary to a new approach to developing future leaders at senior levels in the Civil Service which is currently being developed under the Renewal Plan.


Thursday 25 June 2015

New Gender Equality Index places Ireland 8th across EU

New Index shows positive progress, but need for more work on “women and decision-making” says Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy, Mr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin T.D. welcomed the launch in Brussels of the 2nd Gender Equality Index developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

Congratulating EIGE on its publication of the Index, he said,

The benefit of publishing statistics is that they highlight issues and encourage policy-making based on evidence. Since the first edition of the Gender Equality Index was launched in 2013, during Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union, it has become an essential tool in identifying priorities for action. This new edition, which assesses the situation in each member state across the European Union in 2005, 2010 and in 2012, demonstrates that our efforts are bearing fruit and that we are making steady progress towards a society in which women and men, girls and boys are truly equal”.

Noting that the Gender Equality Index provides an easily interpretable measure of gender equality, with scores in the range of 1, representing inequality, to 100, representing full equality, the Minister observed that Ireland’s score of 52.9 in 2012 was both a significant advance on its score for 2005, and a measure of the challenge still to be overcome.

The full report will be available on the website of the EIGE web site (www.eige.europa.eu). It places Ireland in eighth position, some 17 points behind the Scandinavian countries, but 3.6 points ahead of the EU average. In relation to the core domains, Ireland’s performance is variable, but with scores above the EU average on all domains other than that of power –

  • 8th on work (65.8 compared with EU average of 61.9)
  • 6th on money (79.0 compared with EU average of 67.8)
  • 8th on knowledge (54.3 compared with EU average of 49.1)
  • 5th on time (52.0 compared with EU average of 37.6)
  • 15th on power (31.4 compared with EU average of 39.6) and
  • 2nd on health (95.2 compared with an EU average of 90.0)

Minister Ó Ríordáin remarked that the new Index highlights the concrete advances that have been made in Ireland since 2005, particularly in fostering equal access to employment and to financial resources. He observed that:while we have continued to narrow the gender gap in access to power, achieving gender balance in decision-making remains a major challenge and there is a clear need for more work.”

He said that “we will continue to use the Gender Equality Index, in all its complexities, to create awareness of the deficits and gaps that need to be bridged before we achieve true gender equality for women and girls.”

In this context, Minister Ó Ríordáin also welcomed the European Commission’s intention to prepare a policy on equality between women and men in the EU after 2015. In this regard, he highlighted that the Commission had invited views from the public in a consultation closing on 21 July and that details were available at www.genderequality.ie.


Wednesday 17 June 2015

Reversing the paradox: Promoting gender-balanced leadership

On 27 May 2015 Ibec and the Department of Justice and Equality jointly hosted a major conference in the Mansion House Dublin to actively promote gender-balanced leadership in Ireland.

 Minister & Speakers

Gender balance has been proven to increase profits, return on sales, return on equity, innovation and problem-solving. Yet while much progress has been made in putting women and men on an equal footing in the workplace, today in Ireland as in Europe, women continue to be under-represented in corporate and political life. This paradox is an economy wide issue and one which is increasingly recognised at a global level. In Ireland it is at its widest at the very top where less than 10% of companies in Ireland have a female on their board. At the current pace we are progressing, female executive representation across Europe is unlikely to reach 20% until 2035.

The event was opened by Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. The conference was moderated by the well-known journalist, Dearbhail McDonald and  featured contributions from influential leaders from both the public and private sectors.

The conference received generous funding from the European Union under its PROGRESS programme (2007-2013).

Further information: Reversing the paradox: Promoting gender-balanced leadership:


Tuesday 5 May 2015

European Commission Launch Public Consultation on Gender Equality

Following the recent Forum on the Future of Gender Equality in the EU which took place on 20-21 April, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on equality between women and men in the EU.

The Forum brought together more than 250 participants to exchange ideas on how to effectively achieve a gender equal society in the EU.

The purpose of the public consultation is to collect views from a broad range of stakeholders in the context of the preparation of the Commission’s policy on equality between women and men after 2015. The questionnaire is available in 23 official EU languages. The deadline for contributions is 21 July 2015.

Public Consultation Website http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/gender-equality/opinion/150421_en.htm 

Forum on the Future of Gender Equality in the EU http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/future-of-gender-equality-2015/index_en.htm


Tuesday 24 March 2015

Request for Tender published by EIGE

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has launched a request for tender for a project entitled: Integrating Gender Equality into Research Performing Organisations. Research, Practices and setting up of an on-line Tool on Gender Equality Plans.

Information be found here: http://eige.europa.eu/content/eige-2015-oper-07

 

Friday 20 March 2015

Conference Report: Investing in Talent - Promoting Gender Balanced Leadership

The Department of Justice and Equality and Ibec successfully held a conference in Dublin Castle on 25 November 2014 aimed at promoting and supporting gender balanced leadership. The conference was supported by the European Union under its PROGRESS programme (2007-2013).

Over 200 participants from both the public and private sectors attended the conference to hear from a variety of national and international high profile speakers who are each committed to achieving gender balance in leadership roles.

The Conference Report is now available: Nov 2014 Conference Report


Friday 20 February 2015

UN Women and European Commission comic competition on gender equality

UN Women and the European Commission, together with the Belgian Development Cooperation and UNRIC, are today launching a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The Competition is part of the UN Women campaign “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” celebrating the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995.
 
The Competition is open to comic and cartoon artists and art students, from 18 to 28 years old, who are residents of an EU member state. Comic strips or cartoon must be without words and submission deadline is 20 April 2015.
 
For additional details, please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/gender-equality/news/150219_en.htm
 
You can also download the poster and the call for submission in 23 EU languages from UN Women's website at http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/get-involved/comic-competition.