Citizen’s Assembly on Gender Equality – “Big changes”

The Citizen’s Assembly on gender equality published their 45 recommendations last weekend for “big changes that can make Ireland a better and more gender equal place to live for all of us.”

Ninety-nine citizens from around the country, led by Chairperson Dr Catherine Day, were asked to consider all aspects of gender equality in Ireland.

Recommendations which will be sent to Government have been made for areas such as gender quotas elections and publicly-funded boards, publicly-funded childcare, terms and conditions for carers, the gender pay gap, and the minimum wage, as well as harmful and abusive content on social media and domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence.

Through our WorkEqual campaign, a campaign for gender equality in the workplace, Dress for Success has called for steps to close the gender pay gap; the provision of publicly funded child care; and placing increased value on and equal distribution of caring duties to support the economic independence of women across the country.

We were proud to submit our Equal Pay Day video on the Gender Pay Gap to the Assembly, and a formal submission setting out our priority areas for change to achieve gender equality in the workplace, for the consideration of the Assembly he members. We are delighted to see some of our key objectives reflected in the 45 recommendations.

Through our WorkEqual campaign, a campaign for gender equality in the workplace, Dress for Success has been calling for many of these changes and we are delighted to see these recommendations going forward to Government.

It is now up to Government to accept and implement these recommendations so that change can be achieved through policy and law.

A sentiment we wholeheartedly agree with, Assembly chair Dr Catherine Day said the citizens had not called for “incremental change” but for “big changes that can make Ireland a better and more gender equal place to live for all of us.”

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