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  • Title: Gender Equality: Home
    Descriptive info: .. COMHIONANNAS INSCNE IN ÉIRINN.. GENDER EQUALITY IN IRELAND.. Home.. What is Gender Equality?.. National Policy.. International Policy.. News Events.. Links and Contacts.. OUR MISSION.. "An Ireland where all women enjoy equality with men and can achieve their full potential, while enjoying a safe and fulfilling life".. Contact Details.. Gender Equality Division.. Department of Justice and Equality.. Bishop's Square.. Redmond's Hill.. Dublin 2.. Email:.. gender_equality_inbox@justice.. ie.. You are here:.. Welcome to the Website of Gender Equality Division, Department of Justice and Equality.. Current News and Events.. September 26 2014.. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY.. STATEMENT OF STRATEGY 2015-2017.. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.. As required under the Public Service Management Act, 1997, the Department of Justice and Equality is preparing a Statement of Strategy to cover the period 2015 2017.. The Statement of Strategy will set out the High Level Goals, Objectives and Strategies required to maintain community and national security, promote justice and equity, and safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms consistent with the common good.. The Department is currently embarking on a comprehensive Programme for Change following the recent external review of the Department (the Toland report).. More detailed information on the Department s business activities can be accessed on the Department s website where the current Statement of Strategy is also available for downloading.. (.. www.. justice.. ie.. ).. Submissions are invited from interested parties (e.. g.. customers, stakeholders, user groups, professional, trade and other organisations, private firms, service users, and individuals) to assist the Department in defining its strategic vision for the next three years.. Please note that your submission is public information.. Submissions may be the subject of request for information under the Freedom of Information Acts.. Written submissions, preferably in electronic format, should be sent, before 10 October 2014, to:.. strategy@justice.. or.. Strategy Statement Team.. Reform and Development Unit.. 51 St Stephen s Green.. Dublin 2.. European Commission: Open Public Consultation on the potential priorities for the Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' Work Programme 2016-2017.. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.. Contributions are particularly sought from research institutions, civil society organisations, business, policy makers, higher education institutions, science museums, science shops, scientific centres of excellence, local public authorities, cities of scientific culture, innovators and entrepreneurs.. Objective of the consultation.. The objective of the Part V of Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' is: to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.. To that end, it indicates that the focus will be on the following 8 specific activities:.. One of the main objectives is to: promote gender equality, in particular by supporting structural changes in research institutions and in the content and design of research activities.. How to submit your contribution: The present consultation will be open for a period of 12 weeks.. All the contributions must be submitted through an on-line questionnaire by 12 October 2014 at the latest.. For further information and to submit your contribution please see:.. http://ec.. europa.. eu/research/consultations/swafs/consultation_en.. htm.. July 24 2014.. Government approves new measures to promote gender balance on State Boards.. Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture Mr.. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin T.. D.. , has received the approval of the Government to take new measures to promote gender equality on State Boards.. A target of achieving a minimum of 40 per cent representation of both women and men on all State Boards was set originally in 1993.. At 36.. 2 per cent overall, the 2013 data for female representation on State Boards show a very positive step forward over previous years which had been averaged at 34 per cent.. However, a number of Departments fall below this average and there remains significant under-representation of both sexes on certain Boards.. The Government has therefore approved new measures to promote gender balance on State Boards, reaffirming its commitment to achieve the target of 40 per cent representation of each gender on all State Boards within the lifetime of the current Programme for Government.. Minister of State Ó Ríordáin welcomed progress reflected in the 2013 figures and the arrangements now being put in place commenting that.. Meeting the 40% target by 2016 is a specific commitment of this Government and we are now requiring each Government Department to plan how it intends to achieve this.. These new measures will be accompanied by closer monitoring, with each Government Department to report on a six-monthly basis on their progress.. Addressing the under-representation of women on State Boards, Minister Ó Ríordáin highlighted a new initiative to be developed in the Department of Justice and Equality to assist in the sourcing of suitably qualified female candidates for appointment to State Boards.. Minister Ó Ríordáin said.. I am very pleased to announce that the Department will undertake a pilot project to develop a talent bank of women who would be prepared to serve on State Boards, as a resource to be made available to Ministers and other nominating bodies in meeting this target.. The development of such a talent bank had been included as a recommendation in two reports associated with the implementation of the National Women s Strategy 2007-2016.. The Mid-Term Review of the National Women s Strategy and Towards Gender Parity in Decision-Making in Ireland were prepared by the Monitoring Committee of the National Women s Strategy chaired by the Minister of State formerly with responsibility for Equality, Ms.. Kathleen Lynch, T.. The Minister believes that the implementation of these new measures will have a positive impact on gender-balance on State Boards and looks forward to working in close co-operation with his Ministerial colleagues to achieve this Programme for Government commitment.. May 13 2014.. Agencies unite to break silence on sexual violence.. National helpline agencies have joined forces to break the silence on sexual violence in relationships.. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and Women s Aid Not happily ever after campaign, launched recently, encourages women to overcome the shame and fear associated with the crime.. The campaign highlights the crime of sexual violence within relationships, was reported by 91,000 women (6% of all women) in Ireland in a recent survey.. Women s Aid director Margaret Martin said EU-wide research showed under-reporting of sexual violence in relationships was significant, with Irish respondents reporting low levels of help-seeking.. The extent to which women recognise that rape by an intimate partner is a crime is one factor in reporting,  ...   and/or sexual violence since the age of 15.. That corresponds to 62 million women.. 22% have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner.. 5% of all women have been raped.. Almost one in 10 women who have experienced sexual violence by a non-partner, indicate that more than one perpetrator was involved in the most serious incident.. 43% have experienced some form of psychological violence by either a current or a previous partner, such as public humiliation; forbidding a woman to leave the house or locking her up; forcing her to watch pornography; and threats of violence.. 33% have childhood experiences of physical or sexual violence at the hands of an adult.. 12% had childhood experiences of sexual violence, of which half were from men they did not know.. These forms of abuse typically involve an adult exposing their genitals or touching the child s genitals or breasts.. 18% of women have experienced stalking since the age of 15 and 5% in the 12 months prior to the interview.. This corresponds to 9 million women.. 21% of women who have experienced stalking said that it lasted for over 2 years.. 11% of women have experienced inappropriate advances on social websites or have been subjected to sexually explicit emails or text (SMS) messages.. 20% of young women (18-29) have been victims of such cyberharassment.. 55% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment.. 32% of all victims of sexual harassment said the perpetrator was a boss, colleague or customer.. 67% did not report the most serious incident of partner violence to the police or any other organisation.. The survey on which the report is based makes clear that a wide variety of groups need to take action to combat violence against women, including employers, health professionals and internet service providers.. FRA makes a number of proposals to improve the situation and to support EU and national policy makers to introduce and implement comprehensive measures to prevent and respond to violence against women:.. EU Member States should ratify the Council of Europe s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention).. EU Member States must regard intimate partner violence as a public and not a private issue.. The law in all EU Member States should therefore treat rape within marriage the same as other incidents of rape, and should respond to domestic violence as a matter of serious public concern.. EU Member States need to review the existing scope of legislative and policy responses to sexual harassment, recognising that it can occur in various settings and can use different mediums, such as the internet or mobile phones.. Police, healthcare professionals, employers and specialist victim support services need to be trained, properly resourced and given the necessary powers to reach out to victims.. The police and other relevant services should be trained to recognise and understand the impact of psychological abuse on victims to ensure all forms of violence against women (and girls) in varied settings are recognised, recorded and acted on.. The police should be encouraged to routinely recognise and investigate cases where cyberstalking and cyberharassment plays a role.. Internet and social media platforms should proactively assist victims of cyberharassment to report abuse and be encouraged to limit unwanted behaviour.. Specialist support services are required to address the needs of victims who suffer from negative feelings in the aftermath of victimisation, which can include self-blame and a sense of shame.. Campaigns on and responses to violence against women must be directed at men as well as women.. Men need to be positively engaged in initiatives that confront how some men use violence against women.. There is a clear need to improve and harmonise data collection on violence against women, both in and between EU Member States.. Full report.. :.. Violence against women: an EU-wide survey.. A Parliament of all Talents: Building a Women-friendly Oireachtas.. NWCI Publication Launch Tuesday, 4 March, 2014.. The National Women s Council of Ireland were joined by Tánaiste, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD, Jackie Ashley, Guardian Columnist, former TD Mary O Rourke, and other politicians both past and present, to discuss changes that could be made to the Oireachtas to encourage more women to view politics as a viable career option.. http://www.. nwci.. ie/images/uploads/A_Parliament_of_all_Talents.. Combating violence against women: a priority for the European Commission.. Ahead of the International Women's Day, the European Commission publishes a factsheet summarizing key concrete actions aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the European Union.. eu/justice/gender-equality/files/documents/140303_factsheet_vaw_en.. Advancing gender equality in decision-making in media organisations: Report.. European Institute of Gender Equality.. Vilnius - 22 January 2014.. Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States: Women and the Media.. The current report is the first one to deliver comparable data on the number of women in decision-making positions across major media organisations in the 27 EU Member States and Croatia.. Further to this, the report identifies the extent to which these same organisations have developed gender equality policies, monitoring mechanisms and specific initiatives to support women s career development.. The report proposes the first indicators in the area of Women and the Media of the Beijing Platform for Action.. We hope that these indicators will be used for regular monitoring of the media sector in the EU to strengthen gender equality.. The findings show that while women have considerably outnumbered men in university-level and practice-based journalism programmes and that the employment of women in media is increasing, the organisational culture of media remains largely masculine and women are still significantly under-represented at the decision-making level.. http://eige.. eu/content/document/what-about-gender-equality-in-the-media-interviews-with-women-experts.. Ireland held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2013.. For a summary of the gender equality related news and events which took place during the Irish Presidency, and to read the Report on Ireland's Presidency Programme on Gender Equality, please visit our.. EU Presidency.. page.. More.. Older news items.. Archive.. This website is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS (2007 2013).. This Programme is implemented by the European Commission.. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields.. For more information see.. eu/progress.. Accessibility.. Privacy Policy Cookies.. Disclaimer.. Copyright.. Sitemap.. Contact Us..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: What is Gender Equality?
    Descriptive info: Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.. How Do We Measure Gender Equality?.. Gender equality is measured by looking at the representation of men and of women in a range of roles.. A number of international comparative gender equality indices have been prepared and these offer a way to compare Ireland s achievements with those of other countries.. Each index looks at a distinct list of parameters and the choice of parameters affects the outcome for each country.. United Nations Gender Inequality Index.. The United Nations Gender Inequality Index is based on the premise that "all too often, women and girls are discriminated against in health, education and the labour market with negative repercussions for their freedom".. The UN GII is a measure of inequalities based on these inequalities.. Ireland ranks 19th among the UN States in this index, but if only EU Member States are considered then Ireland moves to 13th place across the European Union, using this model.. Social Watch Gender Equity Index.. Social Watch is a network comprised by national coalitions of civil society organizations and it too prepares a gender equality index, based on the gap between women and men in education, the economy and political empowerment.. Using this indicator, Ireland ranks 36th in the world and 17th among EU Member States.. World Economic Forum Global Gender Pay Gap Index.. The Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is another framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities which benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria.. This Index looks at economic participation and opportunity deviation; educational attainment deviation; health and survival deviation and political empowerment deviation.. Using this Index, Ireland ranks in 5th place for 2012, and 3rd among EU Member States.. This achievement is linked to the importance placed under this index to the presence of a woman as Head of State over the past 50 years a measure under which Ireland scores particularly well.. It also shows that such indices can be misleading unless they are interpreted carefully.. Measuring Gender Equality in Ireland.. The Central Statistics Office regularly publishes.. "Women and Men in Ireland".. a compendium of key statistics which enable us to map the progress of women in achieving true or de facto gender equality in Ireland.. The following are some of the headline statistics from the most recent publication:.. Women in Employment.. The employment rate for men in Ireland stood at about 75% over recent years, but in 2009 it plummeted to 67.. 3%, dropping again to 63.. 3% in 2011.. The EU target rate for women in employment is 60% by 2010, a target that was met by Ireland in 2007 and 2008, but by 2011, the employment rate for women had fallen to 56% showing a gender gap of 7.. 3 percentage points.. The unemployment rate for  ...   the highest proportions of men in 2010 were Construction, Agriculture and Transport.. In primary education, 85% of teachers are women and in second-level education, 63% of teachers are women.. Despite this, women are not well represented at senior level positions: only 36% of medical and dental consultants are women, 53% of primary school managers, and 41% of second-level school managers.. Women s Incomes.. Women s income in 2009 was around 73% of men s income.. After adjusting for the longer hours worked by men, women s hourly earnings were around 94% of men s.. Women in Education.. The early school leavers rate among women aged 18-24 in 2010 was 8.. 4%, which was much lower than the male rate of 12.. 6%.. In 2011 more girls obtained an A or B on the honours paper in the Leaving Certificate exams in English, Irish, French, Biology, Chemistry, Art and Music while more boys obtained an A or B on the honours paper in Maths, Physics, Construction studies and Engineering.. Men accounted for nearly five sixths of third-level graduates in Engineering, manufacturing and construction and 57% of graduates in Science, while women accounted for 82% of graduates in Health and welfare, 74% in Education and 63% in Arts and humanities.. Women are more likely to have a third-level qualification, with over half (53%) of women aged 25-34 having a third-level qualification compared with nearly four out of ten men (39%) in this age group.. Women in Decision-making.. After the 2011 General Election, only 15.. 1% of TDs in Dáil Éireann were women.. Women account for just over a third of the members of State Boards.. Less than a fifth of members of local authorities are women.. Just over a third of the membership of Vocational Education Committees are female.. Demographics.. The highest fertility rate in the EU in 2010 was in Ireland at 2.. 07, well above the EU average of 1.. 59.. The average age at which women gave birth to their first child rose from 25 years in 1980 to 29.. 4 years in 2010.. There are fewer men than women in the 20-29 age group as more males than females have emigrated in recent years.. At older ages, there are more women than men (as women live longer than men).. ), with 47 men per 100 women in the 85+ age group.. Health.. Women were more likely to be hospitalised in 2010, with 343 hospital discharges per 1,000 women compared with 305 discharges per 1,000 men.. Men are more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals for schizophrenia and alcoholic disorders while women are more likely to be admitted for depression.. Life expectancy for women in Ireland was 81.. 6 years in 2006, nearly 5 years more than the value for men of 76.. 8 years.. Poverty.. The proportion of men at risk of poverty in 2010, after pensions and social transfers, was 15%, just above the rate of 14% for women.. At risk of poverty rates were considerably lower for those in employment, at 10% for men and 5% for women..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: National Policy
    Descriptive info: Legal Basis.. Government Policies.. Equality for Women Measure.. National Women's Strategy.. Key Participants.. Gender Equality in Employment.. State Boards.. Women's Representation in Public Life.. Violence Against Women.. Key Points on National Policy.. Gender 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.. State and European Social Funding have been made available for a programme of positive actions to support gender equality.. Comprehensive legislation and structures have been put in place to address discrimination on nine grounds, including gender.. Ireland has a social protection programme including maternity leave and other family friendly leaves to support women to reconcile work and family life.. Irish maternity leave provisions are better than those available in many EU Member States.. There has been an expansion of childcare services to support the childcare needs of women who are in employment, education or training.. Four key elements to the policy work.. National Women s Strategy 2007 - 2016.. Equality for Women Measure 2008 2013.. Gender Mainstreaming (ensuring gender is addressed in all policy).. International dimension EU, UN, Council of Europe.. Also - Funding support for the National Women s Council of Ireland.. Programme for Government Commitments.. Increase role of women in decision-making including in politics.. Encourage the election of more women through candidate quotas and by Constitutional Review.. Address language on women in the home in  ...   on the Role of Women in the Home.. The Constitution was written in 1937 and.. Article 41.. 2.. made provision for the role of women in the home.. While this provision may have reflected majority contemporary opinion of the time, it now needs to be addressed to reflect modern circumstances.. Recent discussions at the Constitutional Convention have been indicative of a vote in favour of changing Article 41.. 2, with 88% of the members voting against keeping it as it stands.. Most members wanted to see it amended rather than abolished.. A majority of members also wanted to see Article 40.. 1 amended to include an explicit requirement of gender equality.. Encouraging greater participation of women in public life and increasing the participation of women in politics.. :.. Positive action to support women's participation in politics was supported by 50% of the members of the Convention.. The Convention held a.. Plenary Meeting on 16/17 February 2013.. to consider the above topics.. Courts.. The Minister for Justice and Equality has proposed a referendum to establish a new Court of Civil Appeal and a separate system of Family Courts.. These reforms are designed to reduce the backlog before the Supreme Court and improve the efficiency of the Family Courts system.. This section of our website gives you information on the steps being taken to achieve gender equality in Ireland.. Additional links.. For details on the various Topics available in this section, please select from the links below..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: International Policy
    Descriptive info: European Union.. United Nations.. Council of Europe.. OECD.. Related Links.. IRELAND S 2013 PRESIDENCY PROGRAMME ON GENDER EQUALITY.. Council Conclusions Women & Media.. This section gives you information on the international dimension to gender equality.. The principle international bodies promoting gender equality are the European Union; United Nations; Council of Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: News & Events
    Descriptive info: Conferences.. Newsletter.. Publications.. Towards Gender Parity in Decision-Making in Ireland.. Mid-Term Review of National Women's Strategy.. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Vienna 5 March 2014.. "These survey figures simply cannot and should not be ignored.. FRA s survey shows that physical, sexual and psychological violence against women is an extensive human rights abuse in all EU Member States," said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum.. "The enormity of the problem is proof that violence against women does not just impact a few women only it impacts on society every day.. ".. Monday 18 November 2013.. Germany set to introduce board gender quotas under expected coalition.. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to introduce legislation requiring German companies to allot 30% of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016.. Negotiators from the two sides are in talks to form a coalition government.. They said the agreement would involve listed companies and those with a works council.. Three weeks of coalition talks have made modest progress.. Both sides are making concessions but the conservatives want their victory in September's election reflected in the deal.. Germany introduced voluntary targets for women in top management positions in 2001, but little changed.. In 2011 blue-chip companies agreed to try to boost women on boards, again through voluntary targets.. The centre-left SPD had pushed for 40% women on boards in stages from 2021.. The conservatives had resisted fixed targets.. "This is an important signal to improve the career chances for women and for greater equality in the labour market," said Manuela Schwesig, who led the talks for the SPD.. Annette Widmann-Mauz, leading the talks for Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), called the agreement a breakthrough for women.. Under the new law, companies unable to appoint women to at least 30% of open board seats from 2016 would be required to leave those seats vacant.. "It's a toad that we're going to have to swallow," said CDU parliamentarian Michael Fuchs.. "There are companies where that's going to be difficult.. Women currently hold about 12% of corporate board seats, according to German media reports.. Among the 30 largest DAX companies, women have 101 of the 488 board seats, or 22%, according to the DSW, Germany's largest association of private investors.. The European Commission last year proposed requiring companies with more than 250 workers and listed in European Union countries to have 40% women on their boards by 2020.. Germany and other EU countries resisted.. Germany said those rules should be set at the national level.. Norway, which is not an EU member, imposed a 40% quota in 2003, a target reached in 2009.. Norwegian companies can be liquidated if they fail to reach the target.. Dublin, Thursday 10 October 2013.. Dáil debates recommendation to change Constitution on role of women in the home.. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has presented the Government s response to the Constitutional Convention about amending the clause on the role of women in the home and in society to the Dáil.. He confirmed the Government s acceptance of the convention s vote that the language of article 41.. 2 of the Constitution about the role of women in the home needed to be changed.. He said no date could be given for a referendum, but a task force would report to the Government by the end of October 2014.. The Convention also recommended the Constitution should be changed to include an explicit provision on gender equality but "while this proposal has merit", it "requires further examination", Mr Shatter added.. Statement by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, to the Dáil Second Report of the Constitutional Convention on Role of Women Government s Response.. Dáil Debate on Second Report of the Convention on the.. Constitution.. Irish Independent 26 August 2013.. Just 10pc of top local authority jobs held by women.. Fewer than one in 10 of the top jobs in local government are held by women, the Irish Independent can reveal.. And a survey of the country s 34 city and county councils shows the vast majority of the highest-paid positions across the local authority system, including county manager, director of service and head of finance, are held by men.. The figures suggest that women are failing to reach the top of the ladder despite decades of high academic achievement and a long career in the sector.. They show there are just three women county managers, compared with 31 men, while females occupy less than 30pc of the highest-paid positions attracting salaries of more than 50,000 a year.. One human resources expert said it suggested the local authority sector was slow to promote women because of a "lack of objectivity" in how candidates were selected for promotion.. Equality Minister Kathleen Lynch admitted that women continued to be under-represented in senior management posts "in almost every sector, including most probably the local authorities".. Despite the Government planning to introduce gender quotas for the next general election, where at least 30pc of all candidates will have to be women, the pace of change in local authorities remains painfully slow.. However, the Department of the Environment which funds councils said it had no role in promoting equality.. Some 28,268 staff are employed in the sector, and the department had no role in determining how councils promoted staff.. "Recruitment of staff is a matter for individual local authorities, and the department has no role in this process," a spokesman said, adding it was up to local authorities and the Public Appointments Service to choose candidates for senior roles.. independent.. ie/irish-news/just-10pc-of-top-local-authority-jobs-held-by-women-29526747.. html.. Editorial: Women's absence at the top is a glaring reality.. ie/opinion/editorial/womens-absence-at-the-top-is-a-glaring-reality-29527711.. Amsterdam, 4-5 July 2013.. "Media and the Image of Women" - Conference of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands.. Please find below the link to the webpage of the recent Conference "Media and the Image of Women" organised by the Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands.. The website of the Conference will continue to be updated and in there you will be able to find the programme of the Conference, background information and documents, speeches and presentations, conference conclusions, the list of participants, photos and a video clip.. coe.. int/t/dghl/standardsetting/equality/05conferences/2013amsterdam/.. Brussels, 13 June 2013.. New Gender Equality Index places Ireland Ninth across EU.. Need for more work on "women and decision-making" says Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, but increasing women s labour market participation can foster economic well being and deter poverty.. Minister of State for Equality, Ms.. Kathleen Lynch T.. today (13th June 2013) delivered one of the keynote addresses at the launch in Brussels of the new Gender Equality Index developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).. She joined the President of the European Council Mr.. Herman Van Rompuy on the platform at this high profile event.. The European Institute for Gender Equality was assigned the task of constructing an index on gender equality which would reflect the multi-faceted reality of gender equality, and would be specifically tailored towards the policy framework of the European Union and Member States.. The complex work on the development of the Gender Equality Index for Europe took nearly three years and the results were launched at an EU conference in Brussels today.. The new EU Gender Equality Index is a unique statistical tool, formed by combining gender indicators, according to a conceptual framework, into a single summary measure.. It consists of six core domains (work, health, money, knowledge, time, power) and two satellite domains (intersecting inequalities and violence).. The Index provides results on three levels: EU level (EU average), Member States level and scores in each domain and sub-domains.. It measures gender equality in 2010 by showing how far (or close) each Member State is from achieving gender equality.. The full report and all Gender Equality Index results are available at:.. eu/content/activities/gender-equality-index.. It places Ireland in ninth position, some 18 points behind the Scandinavian high flyers, but 1.. 2 points ahead of the EU average.. In relation to the core domains, Ireland s performance is variable at.. 9th on work (71 compared with EU average of 69).. 8th on money (77 compared with EU average of 68.. 9)..  ...   further disincentive to start or return to work for a second earner.. The EU institutions are recommending that Member States tackle these disincentives, to ensure that the contribution of the well educated female population of the EU can maximise its personal economic independence and its potential contribution to economic growth across the Union.. Aongus Hegarty President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dell; Mr.. Minister for Justice and Equality; Mr.. Willem Adema OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour Social Affairs; Gender Equality Minister Ms.. D; Mrs.. Mikael Gustafsson, MEP Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Women s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM); Dr.. Daniela Bankier Head of Gender Equality in the European Commission.. Read more.. Women s Economic Engagement and the Europe 2020 Agenda.. Conference Programme.. Concept Note.. Conference Presentations.. Signed Trio Declaration.. Photo Gallery.. 25 April 2013.. Major EU Presidency Conference on Women's Economic Engagement, April 29th - 30th 2013, Dublin Castle.. Minister of State Kathleen Lynch announces major EU Presidency Conference on Women's Economic Engagement and the Europe 2020 Agenda - 'The Printworks', Dublin Castle, April 29th - 30th 2013.. Minister of State Kathleen Lynch T.. today announced the holding of a major International Conference on Women's Economic Engagement and the Europe 2020 Agenda' as part of Ireland's EU Presidency Programme on Gender Equality.. The Conference which is being grant aided under the EU's Progress Programme 2007 - 2013 will take place in the Print Works Confrence Centre, Dublin Castle, on 29th and 30th April.. EU Conference Programme.. EU Conference Concept Note.. Europe 2020 Agenda.. Press and Media.. 8 March 2013.. International Women s Day Focus on Violence against Women at key UN Gender meeting.. Minister of State Kathleen Lynch exchanges views with women from across the globe and attends launch of UN Women s new global song "One Woman".. International Women s Day, New York, 8 March 2013.. Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD continues her participation at the 57th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with a range of events taking place to mark International Women s Day, the global celebration which is now over 100 years old.. She expects to have an opportunity to engage with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at a lunch for Women Ambassadors to mark the Day.. The lunch, being hosted by the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, during which discussion will again focus on the key topic for this year s meeting of CSW - violence against women - and the work being done globally by UN Women and UN countries to address this criminal behaviour.. Yesterday, in her tight schedule, Minister Lynch joined Michelle Bachelet, the UN Deputy Secretary General and Director of UN Women at a seminar event, organised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts which focused on preparing young people to deter and address violence.. The Minister spoke of the plans to strengthen the Irish school curriculum in relationships education to deter violence.. Later in the day, she took part in a particularly well received seminar event sponsored by Irish Aid at which she endorsed the fact that violence against women is a global challenge, affecting a third of all women.. Speaking of the Irish context she pointed out that.. In 2011, the Women s Aid telephone helpline received almost 13,000 calls to report incidents of domestic violence.. Almost one quarter of the perpetrators of sexual violence against women in Ireland is intimate partners or ex-partners.. Clearly there is no place for complacency on this issue in Ireland or in any country in the world.. She also met with a small group of Irish based NGOs who are attending this meeting of CSW and discussed the good practices they had identified through their participation in the wide range of activities which form part of this marathon event for women worldwide.. On a lighter side, the Minister was delighted to attend the launch of the new UN Women song "One Woman" which was launched to profile the excellent work of the UN s key institution which works to advance gender equality in all corners of the globe.. Minister Lynch expressed the hope that the women of Ireland would download the song, in order to make it a best seller while also supporting the excellent work of UN Women.. It can be downloaded at.. http://song.. unwomen.. org.. UN Women Director and former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet pointed out that.. "One Woman" gives us a message of hope and inspiration.. This song carries a message of unity and solidarity with women world wide and reminds us that equality, human rights and human dignity are the birthright of all of us, every human being.. 7 February 2013.. Statement by the Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, Ms.. , on the occasion of the Informal Council of EPSCO Ministers held in Dublin on 7th and 8th February 2013.. Working women can help both themselves and the economy.. EU Ministers, in Dublin today, debate the contribution and benefits older women can make as they remain in the labour market.. Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older Women Ms.. today chaired a lively debate of EU Labour and Social Protection Ministers at a workshop in Dublin on the topic of "Older Women and Europe s Labour Market Working Together for the Needs of All.. The workshop formed part of the Programme for the Informal meeting of EPSCO Ministers who gathered in Dublin to discuss a range of topical issues.. Minister Lynch introduced the topic and pointed out that, "the economic engagement of older women enables them to ensure that they live outside the poverty trap which is so often experienced by older women, while, at the same time, they can use their talents to contribute to the economic growth and well-being which is so necessary for Europe in the current challenging times".. Much of the focus of European economic policy is the expansion of our labour market to ensure that Europe remains competitive.. Europe 2020, the Union s economic strategy for the remainder of this decade aims to achieve an employment rate of 75 per cent for men and women by 2020.. At present, the figure is only just above 68 per cent.. Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, the Commission s Director for Equality, noted that "there is a strong case for supporting the economic engagement of women in order to attain the Europe 2020 goals.. In many Member States, the highest potential to increase employment rates lies with older workers and mostly with older women.. Beyond employment, women aged 50 to 65 should also be in focus of pension and active ageing policies, to ensure that they remain in employment more".. Commission Director General for Employment, Mr.. Koos Richelle presented a statistical analysis of the situation and noted that "according to latest data (2012Q3), senior females (age 50-64) had a 56% activity rate compared to a 71.. 6% rate for males in the same age group" despite the fact that they tend to be better educated and to participate more frequently in life long learning.. Minister of State Lynch pointed out that the statistics suggest that, "there were 14 million men in this age group who were economically inactive, but there were over 22.. 6 million women aged 50 to 64 years, who were neither at work nor unemployed from a labour market perspective".. This is a significant gap of some 8 million fewer women than men who are building up their life time earnings and pension entitlements.. Although the focus of Europe 2020 is on economic growth, labour market engagement also enables people, men and women, to increase their pension entitlements.. Minister Lynch quoted EU wide figures which show that, after social transfers (such as state pensions) older women were at much higher risk (at 18.. 1 per cent) than older men (at 12.. 9 per cent) of being at risk of poverty.. Extending working life can be expected to increase pension entitlements, reducing the risk of poverty.. Accordingly, the return or retention of older women in the labour market helps both the economy and the lifetime prosperity of the woman a "win, win" situation.. Minister Lynch's address on the topic of, "Older Women and Europe s Labour Market Working Together for the Needs of All," can be viewed in full here:.. ie/en/JELR/Pages/SP13000056..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: Links and Contacts
    Descriptive info: genderequality@justice..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: European Commission
    Descriptive info: EPSCO.. European Parliament.. >.. What is the Commission?.. The Commission is both the institution and the 'college' of commissioners.. There is currently one commissioner from each EU country.. The Commission's role in the EU lawmaking process.. The Commission's job is to represent the common European interest to all the EU countries.. To allow it to play its role as 'guardian of the treaties' and defender of the general interest, the Commission also has the right of initiative in the lawmaking process.. This means that it proposes legislative acts for the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to adopt.. The Commission is also responsible for putting the EU's common policies (like the common agricultural policy and the growth and jobs strategy) into practice and manage the EU's budget and programmes.. Although the Commission is allowed to take any initiative it sees as necessary to attain the objectives of the EU treaties, most of its proposals are to meet its legal obligations and other technical requirements or because another EU institution, member country or stakeholder has asked it to act.. The Commission's proposals must be grounded in the European interest and respect the principles of subsidiarity (in domains where the EU does not have exclusive competence to act) and proportionality.. This means that the Commission should  ...   time as the proposal itself.. How is the Commission structured?.. The Commission is divided into some 40 directorates-general (DGs) and services, which are subdivided in turn into directorates, and directorates into units.. The Commission also administers a number of executive agencies.. Additional structures can also be created at need.. In order to ensure that the Commission acts affectively and as a college, the DGs are required to collaborate closely with each other and coordinate the preparation and implementation of the college of commissioners' decisions.. Website of the European Commission.. eu/index_en.. Governance statement of the European Commission.. eu/atwork/synthesis/doc/governance_statement_en.. The Commission and Gender Equality.. Equality between women and men is one of the European Union's founding values.. It goes back to 1957 when the principle of equal pay for equal work became part of the Treaty of Rome.. The European Union's achievements in fostering equality between women and men have helped to change the lives of many European citizens for the better.. Although inequalities still exist, the EU has made significant progress over the last decades.. Responsibility for Gender Equality falls within DG Justice.. European Commission Gender Equality website.. eu/justice/gender-equality/index_en.. European Commission Documents regarding Gender Equality.. The EU and Irish Women.. eu/ireland/ireland_in_the_eu/impact_of_eu_on_irish_women/index_en.. htm#top.. What the EU has done for women - 50 years of EU action.. Policies..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: European Institute of Gender Equality
    Descriptive info: European Institute of Gender E.. The idea of setting up a European Institute for Gender Equality came into being in 1995 and a draft proposal for its establishment was presented by the Swedish Minister for Gender Equality Ms Margareta Winberg at a seminar held in Stockholm in June 1999.. The need for a gender institute as a knowledge centre was confirmed by the seminar participants which was concluded by the general agreement on the need for a body for coordination, distribution of information and exchange of knowledge.. As part of the Social Policy Agenda, adopted at Nice in December 2000, the European Council recognised the need to raise awareness, pool resources and exchange experience in order to promote gender equality, in particular through the establishment of a European Institute for Gender Equality.. In 2002, the European Commission had a feasibility study carried out under the Community Framework Strategy on Gender Equality (2001-2005).. The study concluded that there is a clear role for the Institute to carry out some of the tasks which the existing institutions do not currently deal with, specifically in the areas of coordination and dissemination of research data, network building, raising the visibility of gender equality, highlighting the gender perspective and developing gender mainstreaming tools.. Despite the positive results of the feasibility study the creation of the Institute was not moving forward.. Women s Rights Committee of the European Parliament then brought the idea of a European Gender Equality Institute back on the political agenda with its Resolution in March 2004 calling to accelerate the efforts leading to the establishment of the Institute.. In June 2004, the European Parliament published a report on the Role of a Future European Gender Institute.. The Commission's first annual report on equality between women and men to the Spring European Council in 2004 concluded that significant gender gaps exist in most policy fields that inequality is a multi-dimentional phenomenon that has to be tackled by a comprehensive mix of policy measures and that enhanced efforts are needed to meet the Lisbon strategy targets.. The Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 1-2 June 2004, based on the results of the Informal Meeting of Equality Ministers convened by the Irish Presidency on 7 May 2004, fully supported the principle of setting up a European Institute for Gender Equality, while stressing the importance of a structure that would bring added value and would not duplicate existing activities in this area.. In June 2004, the European Council, reflecting the goals regarding equality between men and women of the Lisbon agenda and taking into account the previous discussions, expressed its support for the establishment of a European Institute for Gender Equality and invited the Commission to bring forward a specific proposal.. This support was founded on the principle that while Community legislation and policies on equal treatment had substantially reduced discrimination, particularly in the area of employment, progress was too slow and enhanced efforts were required.. In March 2005, Vladimír Špidla, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, proposed the establishment of a new European Institute for Gender Equality.. It would be an independent centre of excellence at European level that collects, analyses and diffuses reliable and comparable data.. In the words of Commissioner Špidla: 'The institute will be a strong sign of the EU s commitment to the promotion of equality.. '.. The Institute came into being when the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 1922/2006 of 20 December 2006 on establishing a European Institute for Gender Equality.. The Institute was established in May 2007, initially in Brussels and then moved to its office in Vilnius, Lithuania.. More:.. Gateway to EU gender equality knowledge launched.. The European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE) have just launched their Resource and Documentation Centre - For the first time ever more than 240,000 resources on gender equality in the EU are available through one portal.. eu/content/news-article/gateway-to-eu-gender-equality-knowledge-launched.. The RDC is available via.. eu/rdc.. Women under-represented in decision-making in media organisations.. Women hold only 22 % of strategic decision-making posts in the public media and only 12 % in the private media organisations in the EU-27 as the research of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows.. Increased number of women in the decision-making structures of media organisations would bring social justice, better use of talents and innovative decisions.. It would also improve  ...   where political priorities should be shifted.. to accelerate the process of achieving a gender-equal Europe.. Although gender equality values have been recognised since its earliest days, the European Union is only halfway towards a gender-equal society, with an average EU score of 54.. (where 1 stands for no gender equality and 100 for full gender equality).. Gender-sensitive statistics help us better understand the hurdles we need to bring down to make all citizens truly equal, and the Gender Equality Index does just that.. In our fight against unemployment, improving job opportunities for women is a matter of fairness, but it is also good for society and good for the economy, says Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.. The Gender Equality Index, proposed by the European Commission and developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality, provides scores for each Member State and presents an EU average in each of the following critical areas of gender equality: work, money, knowledge, time, power and health.. The areas of violence and intersecting inequalities are also considered as critical areas, but treated separately as they adopt a different perspective.. I'm very glad that EIGE has developed a Gender Equality Index, says Michael Gustafson, Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament.. It enables each Member State to evaluate and compare amongst each other the progress they ve made in various fields of gender equality, as well as where progress is most needed.. I hope this tool will be used extensively and that it will lead to better knowledge and, most importantly, to further progress in gender equality.. Lowest level of gender equality in decision-making.. The lowest score is in the area of power in decision-making, with an average score of only 38 at EU level: the EU and Member States need more women in decision-making.. The greatest distance from gender equality is apparent in the representation of women and men on boards of the largest quoted companies, with an EU average score of only 23.. 3.. Measures such as.. a quota system could improve gender equality in this area and lead to a positive effect on all other areas.. Equal share of caring activities crucial to reaching the EU s employment target.. The European Union could more quickly reach the employment target set out in the 2020 growth strategy at least 75 % employment rate of the EU population aged 20-64 by improving gender equality in the area of time spent on unpaid caring and domestic activities.. Women s participation in the labour market is limited because of their disproportionate involvement in caring roles.. The Gender Equality Index shows wide differences between women and men in this area, with an average score of only 39 at the EU level well below halfway towards gender equality.. To ensure sustainable growth for Europe, it is important to assure the equal share of hours spent on providing care between women and men.. In parallel with creating new employment opportunities, it is crucial to improve childcare provision, as stated in Barcelona targets, and to intensify efforts to increase the involvement of fathers in childcare.. Combating violence against women seriously hampered by data gaps.. EU institutions are committed to making the EU free from violence for all, but the Gender Equality Index shows that there are no comparable sex-disaggregated data in this area at EU level.. Because gender-based violence against women remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time, one that is rooted in gender inequalities and reinforces them, the Gender Equality Index calls for all policymakers to address this gap.. The full report and all Gender Equality Index results are available at:.. Women and Men in the EU - Facts and Figures.. In 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Equality, Development and Peace (BPfA).. The BPfA is an agenda for women s empowerment.. It reaffirms the fundamental principle whereby the human rights of women and the girl child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights.. As an agenda for action, the BPfA seeks to promote and protect the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by women throughout their lives.. The BPfA addresses twelve critical areas of concern requiring particular action towards the advancement of women.. Link to EIGE site.. eige.. eu/..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: EU Presidency
    Descriptive info: The Presidency is responsible for the functioning of the Council, the upper house of the European Union's (EU) legislature.. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months.. The Presidency is not an individual position, but rather is held by the national government.. The Presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions such as the Commission and Parliament.. Three successive Presidencies, known as Presidency Trios, cooperate for an 18-month period to provide continuity by sharing common political programmes.. Ireland operated in the context of an 18-month Presidency Trio with Lithuania, which followed Ireland and then Greece in 2014.. Irish Presidency Website.. eu2013.. ie/.. REPORT:.. SUMMARY.. Ireland collaborated with Lithuania and Greece on the preparation of the Fourth Trio Declaration on Gender Equality which was signed following the Conference on the "Economic Engagement of Women and the Europe 2020 Agenda" which was held in Dublin Castle on 29 and 30 April 2013 during the Irish Presidency.. Ireland focused on the Beijing area of concern on Women and the Media.. Building on previous work in relation to women s roles as decision-makers in specific sectors, Ireland has been collaborating with the European Institute for Gender Equality on research to look at the role of women in the broadcast and print media.. Conclusions based on the report prepared by the Irish Presidency were taken to the June EPSCO Council for Ministers  ...   and Older People, Ms.. presented the Irish Presidency Programme on Gender Equality to the FEMM Committee of the European Parliament on 22 January 2013 and then answered follow up questions from the Committee.. Minister Lynch chaired an afternoon workshop on the theme of the "labour market engagement of older women" during the Informal EPSCO Council of Social Protection and Employment Ministers in Dublin Castle on 7th and 8th February 2013.. Minister Lynch led the Irish delegation to the 57th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women between 4 15 March 2013 collaborating with the European External Action Service during the meeting.. This included delivery of the EU Statement, participation in an EU side event as well as more Irish side events during the first week of the meeting.. An Expert Conference on the "Economic Engagement of Women and the Europe 2020 Agenda" was held in Dublin Castle on 29 and 30 April 2013 with funding from the European Commission and a Presidency note on the outcomes were forwarded to the June 2013 meeting of the EPSCO Council.. The Report on the Conference is available below.. WOMEN S ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENT AND THE EUROPE 2020 AGENDA.. Ireland will continue to work with the European Parliament to explore how best to progress the proposal to amend the Directive on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding ("maternity leave)".. Current Presidency.. Lithuania.. lt/en/..

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  • Title: Gender Equality: Archive
    Descriptive info: Gender Pay Gap: Women in Europe still work 59 days 'for free', European Commission report finds.. Press Release European Commission,Brussels, 9 December 2013.. 16.. 2%: that s the size of the gender pay gap, or the average difference between women and men s hourly earnings across the EU, according to the latest figures released by the European Commission.. The figure has not moved an inch in the space of a year.. According to the report the pay gap between women and men is still a reality in all EU countries, ranging from 27.. 3% in Estonia to 2.. 3% in Slovenia.. Overall figures confirm a.. weak downward trend.. in recent years, with a decrease of 1.. 1% between 2008 and 2011.. The report shows the biggest problem in fighting the EU pay gap is the practical application of equal pay rules and the lack of legal action brought by women to national courts.. ".. With laws guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, equality in the workplace and minimum rights to maternity leave.. ,.. gender equality is a European achievement.. But there is still a way to go to full gender equality.. The pay gap is still large and it is not budging.. To make things worse: much of the change actually resulted from a decline in men s earnings rather than an increase for women,.. " said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner.. The principle of equal pay for equal work is written in the EU Treaties since 1957.. It is high time that it becomes a reality in the workplace as well.. The report assesses the application of the provisions on equal pay in practice in EU countries, and predicts.. that for the future, the main challenge for all Member States will be the correct application and enforcement of the rules established by the.. 2006 Equality Directive.. The Commission as the Guardian of the Treaties has ensured Member States have correctly transposed EU equal treatment rules, launching infringement cases against 23 Member States regarding the way these Member States transposed a number of EU gender equality laws.. All but.. one.. of these cases have been closed.. However, the report confirms the effective application of the equal pay principle is hindered by the.. lack of transparency in pay systems.. , the.. lack of clear benchmarks on pay equality.. , and.. by a lack of clear information for workers.. that suffer inequality.. Increased wage transparency could improve the situation of individual victims of pay discrimination who would be able to compare themselves more easily to workers of the other sex.. Background.. Gender equality is one of the founding principles of the European Union.. The principle of equal pay has been enshrined in the Treaties since 1957 and is also incorporated in Directive 2006/54/EC on equal treatment between women and men in employment and occupation.. The European Commission's support for the Member States' duty to tackle the gender pay gap is an important commitment and priority, enshrined in the.. European Commission's Strategy for equality between women and men (2010-2015).. This report is accompanied by a comprehensive overview of national and EU case law on equal pay, as well as an overview of the Commission's action to tackle it and examples of national best practices.. Examples of Commission action to tackle the gender pay gap include the.. Equality Pays Off Initiative.. ; annual.. Country Specific Recommendations.. warning Member States to address the pay gap; European.. Equal Pay Days.. ; exchange of best practices; and financing of Member State initiatives through the Structural Funds.. The Report can be viewed here.. eu/justice/gender-equality/gender-pay-gap/index_en.. "Violence Against Women: An Issue of Gender," Minister Frances Fitzgerald launches new publication.. National Women's Council of Ireland.. , December 04, 2013.. At the launch and publication of "Violence Against Women: An Issue of Gender: Highlighting the Role of Gender in Analysis and Response", the Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women, chaired by National Women s Council of Ireland (NWCI) called for Ireland to sign, ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, to eradicate all forms of violence against women, specifically rape.. The publication was launched by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Ms.. Frances Fitzgerald, during the 16 days of action, part of a European wide strategy to highlight the need to implement the Convention.. Margaret Martin, Director of Women s Aid said,.. "One in five women in Ireland will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.. In the context of the prolonged recession, there has been a worrying decrease in the options and services available to victims of all forms violence against women.. Orla O Connor, Director of NWCI added,.. "Violence against women comes at a high cost to society and responses need to be located within a gender equality framework.. Our publication highlights how service providers must be aware of how gender creates different roles for women and men in society.. It is by taking account of unequal power relations between women and men that service providers will be able to address different vulnerabilities experienced by different groups of women and men.. "There can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence on a large-scale, and state agencies and institutions turn a blind eye.. The Council of Europe Convention is a benchmark at international level, and Ireland must show its commitment to eradicating all forms of male violence against women by signing, ratifying and implementing the Convention as a matter of urgency.. Cracking Europe's Glass Ceiling: European Parliament backs Commission's Women on Boards proposal.. Press Release European Commission, Brussels, 20 November 2013.. The European Parliament has today voted with an overwhelming majority (459 for, 148 against and 81 abstentions) to back the European Commission s proposed law to improve the gender balance in Europe s company boardrooms.. The strong endorsement by the Members of the European Parliament means the Commission s proposal has now been approved by one of the European Union s two co-legislators.. Member States in the Council now need to reach agreement on the draft law, amongst themselves and with the European Parliament, in order for it to enter the EU statute book.. The plenary vote follows a clear endorsement for the Commission s initiative from the Parliament s two leading committees, the Legal Affairs (JURI) and Women s Rights Gender Equality (FEMM) committee on 14 October 2013.. The most recent figures confirm that, following the Commission's determined action in this area, the share of women on boards across the EU has been on the rise for the past three years and has now reached 16.. 6%, up from 15.. 8% in October 2012.. Today's European Parliament vote is a historic moment for gender equality in Europe,.. The directly-elected European Parliament has made its voice heard loud and clear: Europe needs strong rules to tackle the gender imbalance in company boardrooms.. I would like to thank rapporteurs Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou and Evelyn Regner for their hard work and committed support of the Commission's proposal.. The Parliament has made the first cracks in the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from the top jobs.. The Council of Ministers, the EU's second Chamber, should now rise to the challenge and.. make swift progress on this draft law, which places qualification and merit centre stage.. These are the most important points of the European Parliament's vote today, building on the main pillars of the Commission's proposals:.. ·.. It confirms the Commission's approach to focus on a transparent and fair selection procedure (a so-called "procedural quota") rather than introducing a fixed quantitative quota.. Small and medium-sized enterprises remain excluded from the scope of the directive but Member States are invited to support an.. d incentivise them to significantly improve the gender balance at all levels of management and on boards.. Departing from the Commission s original proposal, there will be no possibility for Member States to exempt companies from the law where members of the underrepresented sex make up less than 10% of the workforce.. The Parliament strengthened the provision on sanctions by adding a number of sanctions that should be.. obligatory.. , rather than.. indicative.. , as the Commission had proposed.. Under the Parliament s text, sanctions.. for failure to respect the provisions concerning selection procedures for board members.. should include.. exclusion from public procurement and partial exclusion from the award of funding from the European structural funds.. Next Steps.. : In order to become law, the Commission's proposal needs to be adopted jointly by the European Parliament and by the EU Member States in the Council (which votes by qualified majority).. Todays' plenary vote by the European Parliament follows positive opinions on the initiative from five Parliamentary committees: the Legal Affairs (JURI) and Women s Rights Gender Equality (FEMM),.. Employment (.. EMPL), Internal Market (IMCO) and Economic Affairs (ECON) Committees.. The Council, which decides on this proposal on an equal footing with the European Parliament,.. took stock of progress achieved under the.. Irish Presidency.. at a meeting of Employment and Social Affairs ministers (EPSCO Council) on 20 June 2013.. Ministers are next due to discuss the draft law at their meeting on 9-10 December 2013.. Background.. On 14 November 2012, the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive setting a minimum objective of having 40% of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in listed companies in Europe by 2020, or 2018 for listed public undertakings.. Main elements of the draft law:.. If a publicly listed company in Europe does not have 40% of women among its non-executive board members, the new law will require it to introduce a new selection procedure for board members which gives priority to qualified female candidates.. The law places the emphasis firmly on qualification.. Nobody will get a job on the board just because they are a woman.. But no woman will be denied a job because of their gender either.. The law only applies to the supervisory boards or non-executive directors of publicly listed companies, due to their economic importance and high visibility.. Small and medium enterprises are excluded.. Individual EU Member States will have to lay down appropriate and dissuasive sanctions for companies in breach of the Directive.. The law is a temporary measure.. It will automatically expire in 2028.. The law also includes, as a complementary measure, a "flexi quota": an obligation for companies listed on a stock exchange to set themselves individual, self-regulatory targets regarding the representation of both sexes among executive directors to be met by 2020 (or 2018 in case of public undertakings).. Companies will have to report annually on the progress made.. Secretary General welcomes multiannual gender equality strategy.. Strasbourg, 13 November 2013.. Addressing the.. Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission.. at its 4th meeting in Strasbourg, Secretary General Jagland welcomed the elaboration of the multiannual gender equality strategy, recently adopted by the Committee of Ministers, and said he was impressed by the Gender Equality Commission's achievements with regard to six ambitious objectives:.. 26 of 28 steering committees and three monitoring bodies have now appointed Gender Equality Rapporteurs to ensure that the gender dimension is given due consideration in their work;.. A visible and influential  ...   General equivalent in Ireland).. 0% EU-27 average 29%.. Level Two (Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary General equivalent in Ireland).. Ireland 26.. 0% EU-27 average 37.. The Judiciary:.. Representation of women amongst judges of national supreme courts, 2012.. Ireland 11.. 0%* EU-27 average 24.. * The current figure for Ireland (at October 2013) is 30% following the appointment of Ms.. Justice Elizabeth Dunne and Ms.. Justice Mary Laffoy from the High Court to the Supreme Court.. Government respond positively to Constitutional Convention s Second Report on role of women in the home and on increasing their participation in politics public life.. During a Dáil debate today, the Minister for Justice Equality, Mr Alan Shatter TD, delivered the Government s response to the recommendations in the Second Report of the Convention on the Constitution.. The Report deals with the clause in the Constitution on the role of women in the home and with steps which might be taken to increase the participation of women in public and political life.. It also examines two supplementary motions proposing the incorporation of the principle of gender equality into the Constitution and calling for gender-inclusive language in the Constitution.. Welcoming the Report, Minister Shatter accepted its first recommendation on the need to amend the language in Article 41.. 2 of the Constitution on the role of women in the home.. Mindful that a number of wordings have been proposed previously in this regard, he committed the Government to examining the Convention s recommendations and other views that may arise with the object of finding the most appropriate wording to present in a future Referendum, promising that full account will be taken of the comments of the Convention including those in relation to carers.. A task force to prepare a suitable text will be convened in the Department of Justice and Equality, collaborating with other Departments and the Office of the Attorney General as necessary with a view to completing the required work and reporting back to Government by 31 October 2014.. Secondly, the Minister accepted the recommendation of the Convention that further positive actions be taken by Government to foster the advancement of women in political and public life, noting the commitments contained in the Programme for Government and initiatives already undertaken by Government.. Speaking on the two supplementary recommendations of the Convention, Minister Shatter said that further detailed examination of the proposals was required.. The incorporation of the principle of gender equality into the Constitution would be considered in conjunction with the previous recommendation of the CEDAW Committee, while amending the text to include gender-inclusive language through out, is likely to require extensive textual amendments to the Constitution.. Accordingly, the Government was tasking the Department of Justice and Equality to undertake a study of the changes needed before Government considers these recommendations further.. In his concluding remarks to the House, the Minister invited Deputies to contribute to the process in which the Government is engaged saying:.. "If there are specific proposals they [Deputies] wish to make as to the content of an article that might implement the convention's views or which might contribute towards the deliberations on the appropriate replacement for Article 41.. 2, I would invite such a contribution.. Moreover, my Department and the committee that is being established would greatly welcome that.. Second Report of the Convention on the Constitution.. Vilnius, Tuesday 1 October 2013.. (EIGE) have just launched their Resource and Documentation Centre - For the first time ever more than 240,000 resources on gender equality in the EU are available through one portal.. Knowledge available at the right time to the right people.. When one needs to find the right information on gender equality in the EU, then EIGE is the place to be.. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) today launched its Resource and Documentation Centre (RDC) with an EU-wide conference in Vilnius in the presence of EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Bulgaria, Lazar Lazarov.. "Our RDC will become the first place to search, to find, to inter-act and to learn about equality between women and men in the European Union" Virginija Langbakk, Director of the Institute.. EIGE collects, processes and makes available data, tools, methods, good practices and resources on gender equality and makes this information available via its RDC.. It aims to assist policy makers and practitioners in locating key resources on gender equality.. It also facilitates the exchange of knowledge amongst those with an interest in gender equality policy and practice and provides a space to discuss and debate key issues on gender equality.. The long-term objective is to bring together in one place the memory of all gender equality work at EU and Member State level and to make it accessible to all, actively fostering cooperation between gender equality actors across the EU.. EIGE s Resource and Documentation Centre is built around three main functions:.. Online and physical documentation centre : 240,000 gender equality related resources that were, until now, scattered across a multitude of sources throughout the EU;.. Knowledge centre: gender equality knowledge produced by the Institute including specialised research and databases;.. European network on gender equality - EuroGender: an online collaborative platform where decision makers, experts and other stakeholders can debate gender equality issues and share their expertise and resources.. Knowledge of resources on gender equality is crucial to strengthen the capacity for gender mainstreaming in policies and programs.. Access to reliable and comparable gender statistics are universally considered to be important levers for achieving de facto gender equality.. The mission of the European Institute for Gender Equality is to be(come) the knowledge centre on gender equality for the European Union and the Member States.. A multitude of gender equality actors exist at EU and Member State level.. The vast amount of data, knowledge and resources they produce or process in the field of gender equality are not always easily identified or accessible to decision makers, practitioners, researchers or citizens.. The European Institute for Gender Equality has managed to create a single gateway to access this information.. For this purpose EIGE teamed up with five documentation centres and libraries specialised in women and gender issues, namely:.. Amazone.. - Resource Centre for Equality between Women and Men in Brussels;.. Atria.. - institute on gender equality and women s history in Amsterdam;.. Cid-femmes et genre.. - Information and documentation centre for women and gender issues in Luxembourg;.. Gender Library.. of the Centre for trans disciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinGender Library;.. KvinnSam.. - National Resource Library for Gender Studies at Gothenburg University;.. Kvinfo.. The Danish Centre for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity.. The uniqueness of EIGE s Resource and Documentation Centre is complemented by other important like:.. Quick and easy access to more than 238 000 resources on gender equality;.. Multilingual resources (English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish more languages to follow).. Monday 30 September 2013.. RTE currently have an online archive exhibition dealing with Women in Irish Society.. "RTÉ Archives looks at some of the experiences of women in Irish society, from the housewives who washed their husbands' socks by hand in 1960s Dublin to the era of Ireland's first female president Mary Robinson in the 1990s.. RTÉ News cameras were there to film the Irish Women's Liberation Movement in 1971, when they took the contraceptive train to Belfast and defied Dublin customs by illegally bringing their contraceptives past the barrier at Connolly Station in a landmark moment in the Irish women's movement.. RTÉ Radio set out to give women a voice in 1979 with the ground-breaking progamme 'Women Today' and many housewives sought an outlet for their troubles through letters to 'The Gay Byrne Show'.. rte.. ie/archives/exhibitions/1666-women-and-society/.. Monday 09 September 2013.. ie/news/.. Women outperform men in civil service recruitment.. Women outperform men at securing top jobs in the civil service, according to a report published today.. The Report of the Top Level Appointments Committee, known as TLAC, assessed the recruitment for senior positions in the civil service at Secretary General or Assistant Secretary level between July 2011 and December 2012.. The report states that women consistently succeed in higher proportions than men at all stages of the TLAC recruitment process.. It found a steady trend showing that while women represent 24% of applicants, they succeed in higher proportions at all stages.. Five years ago, female candidates accounted for 12.. 5% of appointments, but since 2010, cumulatively they have accounted for 41% of appointments.. TLAC recommends an investigation into why there are relatively low levels of applications from women, even though women consistently outperform their male counterparts at all stages of the TLAC process, including appointments.. Traditionally, senior civil service posts would have been filled through the promotion of serving civil servants.. However, the number of candidates from outside the civil service is gradually rising.. As of 2012, a quarter of all appointments involved non-civil servants.. Most of the external appointments involved private sector applicants, with applications and appointments from the wider public and semi-state sector were low.. The number of private sector candidates for top civil service positions increased from 4.. 5% in 2010 to 21% in 2012.. The report also notes that some private sector applicants perceive the civil service as a closed shop, where an external candidate would find it difficult to succeed - and that exposure to public scrutiny can act as a deterrent.. TLAC also refers to the "sometimes negative perceptions of the calibre of civil servants", but states that it found a high standard of candidates from the civil service.. TLAC received 1,073 applications in 35 competitions for top jobs, and 34 appointments were made.. The report also notes that there is increasing mobility between government departments.. TLAC calls for a more detailed assessment of potential barriers to applying for top posts.. UN Women.. The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013.. Since their adoption more than 13 years ago, significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the eight Millennium Development Goals, including visible improvements in all health areas as well as primary education, and halving the number of people living in extreme poverty.. However, progress is uneven, particularly for women and girls, and in many areas far from sufficient.. According to the.. Millennium Development Goals Report 2013.. , launched on 1 July by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, too many women around the world are still dying in childbirth when we have the means to save them; only 53 per cent of births in rural areas are attended by skilled health personnel.. In developing regions, women are more likely than men to work as contributing family workers on farms or other family businesses, with little or no financial security or social benefits.. The report also acknowledges that persisting gender-based inequalities in decision-making continue to deny women a say in the decisions that affect their lives.. Find out more about how women and girls are faring in progress towards each of these goals, and UN Women efforts towards meeting the MDGs by the end of 2015.. org/en/news/stories/2013/7/the-gender-dimension-of-the-millennium-development-goals-report-2013.. Vilnius, 8 July 2013.. Minister Lynch s EIGE speech:.. Major EU Presidency Conference 29 - 30 April 2013 Dublin..

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