Public Consultation

In July 2019, the Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality was established by resolution of the 2 Houses of the Oireachtas: Dáil Eireann and Seanad Eireann.

As set out in the Oireachtas resolution, the Assembly has been asked to advance gender equality by bringing forward proposals that:

  • challenge the remaining barriers and social norms and attitudes that facilitate gender discrimination towards girls and boys, women and men;
  • identify and dismantle economic and salary norms that result in gender inequalities, and reassess the economic value placed on work traditionally held by women;
  • in particular, seek to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in the workplace, politics and public life;
  • recognise the importance of early years parental care and seek to facilitate greater work-life balance;
  • examine the social responsibility of care and women and men’s co responsibility for care, especially within the family; and
  • scrutinise the structural pay inequalities that result in women being disproportionately represented in low pay sectors.
Following on from the above, to prioritise the proposals, which may include policy, legislative or constitutional change, having regard to the legal requirements and the costs versus the potential impact.

It should be noted that the Oireachtas resolution establishing the Assembly refers to women and men, girls and boys. However, for the purposes of this consultation, please understand ‘gender’ to refer to any and all options in terms of gender identity.

Call for Submissions
The Citizens’ Assembly is now inviting public submissions to inform the discussions of the Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality as they meet over the next 6 months.

We welcome submissions from all, including individuals and organisations, as it is important that we get as broad and diverse a range of views as possible. Views are welcome from Irish citizens and non-citizens living in Ireland or abroad as well as members of advocacy groups and other organisations.

In the interests of openness and transparency, we are not accepting anonymous submissions. You will need to provide your first name, surname and email plus the name of your organisation, where relevant.

If you wish for information that you provide to be treated as confidential and not published, please state this clearly in your response and explain why.

Dr Pauline Cullen, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University, has been engaged to analyse the submissions and will report to the Assembly to help inform its work.

It is not mandatory to submit using the online questionnaire. See our website for other ways to respond.
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