On Monday, 13th January 2020, we were out in Dun Laoghaire where our CEO Angela delivered a presentation to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as part of the #WorkEqual campaign. The presentation briefed the Council on our work, the #WorkEqual campaign and how the Councillors can champion gender equality in the workplace. We were delighted to be hosted by Councillor Eva Dowling, who we would like to thank for her continued support!
This follows our presentation to Fingal County Council just before Christmas, after Councillor Emer Currie invited us to present to the council on our work and the ways that councillors can get involved, including:
- Lobbying within their parties for better policies encouraging gender equality;
- Spreading the word about our services and campaigns; and
- Joining the conversation and campaign online using the hashtag #WorkEqual.
We’re delivering these briefings as part of the #WorkEqual campaign, centred around the gender pay gap but expanding to take a broader approach to gender equality, looking at the opportunity and leadership gap and the solutions we must implement to truly achieve gender equality.
The core aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of these issues across a broad range of business political and civil society leaders who have the influence to implement solutions and make Ireland a fairer and more equal place to live for men, women and families.
Awareness of the gender pay, pension, leadership and opportunity gaps for women is ever increasing. What we must now move towards is developing practical solutions, implementing them and bringing men into the movement. Without all of society involved, we can only do so much.
For this year’s campaign, as well as the briefings with local authorities, we held a number of events such as the #WorkEqual Conference which was held on 27th November 2019. The opening address at the conference was delivered by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which paved the way for an inspiring day of discussion.
Tatjana Latinovic, Chair of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association and Christine Armstrong, author of ‘The Mother of All Jobs’ were among the amazing speakers on the day who left attendees feeling informed and inspired.
Similarly, our annual fundraising #PowerLunch took place again this year as part of the campaign which provided attendees with an afternoon of food, fun and amazing generosity helping us fund our services year-round.
Find out all about the #WorkEqual campaign.