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Ivana Bacik


The Joint Committee on Gender Equality will meet to discuss the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality with Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman.

Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Ivana Bacik said:

“The focus of tomorrow’s hearing is to concentrate on the recommendations relating to changes to the Constitution and on domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

“Recommendations 1-3 set out that Article 40.1 of the Constitution [‘All citizens shall, as human persons, be held equal before the law. This shall not be held to mean that the State shall not in its enactments have due regard to differences of capacity, physical and moral, and of social function‘] should be amended to refer explicitly to gender equality and non-discrimination.

Article 41 of the Constitution [‘The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law’ ] should be amended so that it would protect private and family life, with the protection afforded to the family not limited to the marital family.”

“Assembly members recommended that Article 41.2 of the Constitution [The State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home’] should be deleted and replaced with language that is not gender specific and obliges the State to take reasonable measures to support care within the home and wider community.”

“…Assembly members recommended that all Government action to prevent and counter domestic, sexual and gender-based violence should be coordinated by a Cabinet Minister with direct responsibility for implementation of a national strategy.”

Report of the Citizen’s Assembly on gender equality


Today’s Irish Independent

‘Walking down the street this morning, passing all the election posters, I thought about all of the mediocre men who have been elected to Leinster House over the years and how the most mediocre of all those men got elected because he was born a man (and his dad was probably a TD before him).

Female candidates have to work twice as hard to convince the electorate that they’re really as worthy as that man who has coasted along on his male privilege his whole life. They deserve a chance from all of us….

…If I meet a candidate who seems competent, hard-working and her politics somewhat align with mine, and she’s a woman, she is getting my vote next month.

Women cannot just be sidelined, arguing for change from our kitchens, we need to be allowed to thrive and fulfil our true potential in the political world too. Now, it’s women’s turn…’

Lorraine Courtney: ‘Give your vote to a woman – it’s the only way to break the tyranny of mediocre men’ (Independent.ie)

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Duiblin 2.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (top left) realises he may never see full equality in his lifetime.

Hence the dismay.

More as we get it.




“…while Iceland has topped the list for the sixth consecutive year, it’s important to note that amid many successes, disparities remain — something to keep in mind for all of the countries. The index measures gaps in access to resources and opportunities, not actual levels of the available resources and opportunities in those countries. In fact, the WEF [World Economic Forum] found that, at the current trajectory, it would take 81 years to completely close the gender gap.”


10 countries where gender equality is closer to reality (Mashable)

9030888890308874 90308884 9030888590308886Top, from left Lisa Chambers, a vice president of Fianna Fail, Michael Martin and Senator Averil Power at Leinster House today.

For the launch of a report containing recommendations by the Taskforce on Female Participation in Fianna Fáil chaired by Senator Power.

Have a gender…

The appointment of a Gender Equality Officer based in Fianna Fáil Headquarters;
A target of women making up one-third of the party local election candidates;
The establishment of a new Fianna Fáil Women Network to organise events for female members and provide support to female candidates;
A focus on encouraging more women to take up internal leadership positions, for example as constituency chairpersons;
A requirement for all constituency organisations to draw up their own plans to boost female participation locally.


Fianna Fail Action Plan (Fianna Fail)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)