What can Iceland and the UK teach Ireland about workplace equality?

PRESS RELEASE

– #WorkEqual conference to take place in Dublin on 27th November –

What lessons can Ireland learn from countries such as Iceland and the UK when it comes to workplace equality? That’s the question to be posed at a thought leadership conference taking place in Dublin in the coming weeks.

The conference – ‘Practical Steps to Workplace Equality’ – will take place at The Marker Hotel, Dublin, on Wednesday, 27th November.  Initial details of the line-up were announced today (31.10.19) by Dress for Success Dublin, the charity behind the annual #WorkEqual campaign.

Commenting today, Sonya Lennon, founder of Dress for Success Dublin, said: “This event will bring together business leaders, politicians, policymakers and NGOs to develop practical recommendations on how to progress workplace equality in Ireland.  It’s taking place as part of our fourth annual #WorkEqual campaign, which is all about raising awareness of workplace equality issues and advocating for change.

“With this conference, we want to move the discussion beyond identifying the problem areas.  Instead, we want to focus on solutions. In the aftermath of this event, we will be presenting the Government with a series of tangible recommendations developed by conference attendees, aimed at progressing workplace equality in Ireland.”

Conference Speakers

Speakers at the #WorkEqual conference will include:

UK journalist and author Christine Armstrong, whose book, ‘The Mother of All Jobs’, explores how work has changed in the last 20 years and the pressure this has created.

Tatjana Latinovic, Chair of the Icelandic Women's Rights Association and a member of the Gender Equality Council at the Prime Ministry of Iceland since 2017.

Hayley Barnard, Managing Director and Diversity Strategist at MIX Diversity Developers, whose clients include BAE Systems, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Diageo and the Care Quality Commission. Hayley has advised a range of clients on how best to respond to the gender pay gap legislation that was introduced in the UK in recent years.

Emer Bucukoglu, Senior Reward Consultant at Innecto Reward Consulting, whose major clients to date include Charles Tyrwhitt, ITN, The Crown Estate, AQA and Innocent Drinks, as well as a vast number of fast-growth SMEs. She has extensive experience in reward strategy development, job evaluation design, global and domestic pay benchmarking, pay structure development, equal pay and, more recently, gender pay issues.

Shane Dempsey, Director of Communications at the Construction Industry Federation and initiator of the ‘Building Equality’ campaign, which aims to promote equality of opportunity in the construction industry.

Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

Business journalist Mark Paul will MC the event, while Sonya Lennon will serve as the conference rapporteur.  Topics on the conference programme include learning from global leaders in workplace equality; why women drop out of the workforce – and what we can do about it; preparing for gender pay gap legislation in Ireland; and the role of men in achieving workplace equality.

“In addition to our keynote speakers and panellists, we have invited leaders from the worlds of politics, business and civil society to facilitate breakout groups at this event,” said Sonya Lennon.  “Each group will discuss practical policy steps that can be taken to promote workplace equality, drawing on what we have heard about what has worked – and what hasn’t worked – in jurisdictions such as Iceland and the UK.  By the end of the event, we’ll have developed a series of recommendations, which we will then present to government.”

The ‘Practical Steps to Workplace Equality’ conference is being organised by Dress for Success Dublin, as part of their 2019 #WorkEqual campaign, which runs from 11th November to mid-December. 

Early-bird tickets for the #WorkEqual conference are on sale now at a specially discounted price of €75.  Tickets can be purchased through www.dressforsuccessdublin.org or at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/workequal-conference-practical-steps-to-workplace-equality-tickets-79505474013