The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D. and his colleague, the Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, Equality and Integration, David Stanton, T.D., today secured Cabinet agreement on a host of new measures to promote greater gender equality across a range of areas to coincide with International Women’s Day including:
- Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention;
- The publication of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill, to promote wage transparency by requiring companies of 50 and more employees to complete a wage survey; and
- Actions to increase gender balance on State Boards in line with the Government target of 40% female representation across all State Boards.
Further Information on the new measures: Ministers Flanagan and Stanton announce new measures to promote greater gender equality
The Government also took note of the progress made under the private sector initiative "Balance for Better Business”, which is reviewing gender balance on corporate boards and in senior management of companies and the first Progress Report on the implementation of the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020.
Minister Stanton will travel to New York to participate in the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which takes place from 11-22 March. This year, Ireland’s Ambassador, Geraldine Byrne-Nason, chairs the session. Joining Minister Stanton at the event are the winners of the #PoliticsNeedsWomen schools video competition. The winning team from Schoil Mhuire in Clane, Co. Kildare was announced at the national conference in December to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in national elections in Ireland. The students will travel as part the official Irish delegation, led by Minister Stanton. Their winning video entry ably illustrates the UN theme of this year’s International Women’s Day:
“think equal, build smart, innovate for change”
Advancing women in leadership at all levels, including greater female representation in politics, is one of the aims of the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020.