Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality
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 on gender equality is now inviting public submissions to inform the discussions of the Assembly 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 the 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.
How will we use the information that you share?
We will publish submissions on our website including full names (first name, surname and name of organisation where relevant).
We will not publish names of individuals aged under 18 at their request.
We reserve the right not to accept a submission if it is deemed offensive, irrelevant or inappropriate.Content from the submissions may be cited or quoted in reports prepared for the Assembly meetings.
Ways to respond
You can submit your views by:
- Completing the online questionnaire – see link at the bottom of this page or download and complete the questionnaire and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘public consultation’ in the subject line. You can also post it to The Citizens’ Assembly, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin D01 E7C1;
Use of the questionnaire will assist in providing user-friendly summaries and analysis of the submissions for the citizens.
- Produce a submission in your own style, and send it by email or post to The Citizens’ Assembly as indicated above.
In all cases, make sure you include your full name and email or postal address as applicable. If submitting on behalf of an organisation, please include the organisation’s name.
The consultation is open until Friday 6 March 2020. It will not be possible to access the online questionnaire after this time. Please note that submissions received after this date will not be considered.
About the Questionnaire
The questionnaire is organised under 4 themes based on the Oireachtas resolution:
Theme 1: Gender norms and stereotypes
Theme 2: Work: gender discrimination and occupational segregation by gender and the gender pay gap
Theme 3: Care, paid and unpaid, as a social and family responsibility
Theme 4: Women’s access to, and representation in, public life and decision making
You are invited to answer 2 questions under each of these themes.
The last section seeks your views about where gender inequality impacts most.
The following documents may help in making your submission: