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Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality 2020

  • 6 February 2020

The Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality has been set up with Dr Catherine Day, former Secretary General of the European Commission as chair. It has 100 members, the chair and 99 members entitled to vote in a referendum. It had its first meeting on 25 January 2020.

The Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality has been asked to bring proposals to the Oireachtas 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.

The first full meeting of the Assembly took place on Saturday 15 February and Sunday 16 February 2020. The theme was How to Advance Gender Equality and the presentations are availble on the Citizens' Assembly website.

The Assembly next meets on 20-22 March and then on 24-26 April, 29-31 May and 3-5 July 2020.

Public Consultation is open until 6 March. There is a questionnaire. WITS will be making a submission based on the WITS Policy Calls 2020 and the WITS Action Manifesto 2016.

Observer status can be applied for as per https://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/what-we-do/observers/.

All the information is on the Citizens’ Assembly website https://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/