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Citizens’ Assembly to meet on the topic Gender based violence

By March 11, 2021February 3rd, 2023No Comments

The Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality (the Assembly) will meet remotely on Saturday (March 13) to discuss the topic of Gender Based Violence.  It will also work to agree a ballot paper on care.

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is set out below.

Public sessions will be recorded and available to watch on the day here.

Chairperson of the Assembly, Dr Catherine Day said: “The Citizens’ Assembly will come together online this weekend to consider the very important issue of Gender Based Violence and what needs to be done to prevent it and address the harm it causes. Covid has shone even more of a spotlight on the prevalence and impact of gender based and domestic violence which  impacts the daily lives of so many in this country. We have brought together a range of relevant speakers to stimulate thought and conversation on the matter which will ultimately lead to a set of recommendations to be voted on in April and sent to the Oireachtas for consideration. We also hope to agree our ballot paper on care”


Pre-circulated videos

1. Dr Monica O’Connor, UCD: Gender based Violence and Gender Equality

2. Dr Pauline Cullen, Maynooth University: Public submissions on Gender Based Violence

3. Advocacy Panel 1: Noeline Blackwell, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; Sean Cooke, Men’s Development Network, Mary McDermott, Safe Ireland.

4. Advocacy Panel 2: Sarah Benson, Women’s Aid; Caroline Munyi; AkiDwA, Dr Clíona Saidléar, Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Advocacy Panels Moderated by Dr Gráinne Healy

5.Lorna Fitzpatrick, President USI in conversation with Sandra Healy, DCU: Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

All pre-circulated videos will be available to watch from 9 am on Saturday, 13 March here.


10 am                 Welcome and introduction                        Chair

                             Available to watch online at 10.45 am

Gender Based Violence

10.10 am          Monica O’Connor presentation:

                             Gender based Violence and Gender Equality

10.25 am          Q & A with Monica O’Connor

Available to watch online at 11.15am

10.40 am           Breakout Group Discussion                       Private

12 pm                 Lunch

Afternoon        Care recommendations

                            Discussion of care recommendations for ballot paper – afternoon in private session

5 pm                  Feedback video giving a flavour of discussion and outcomes to be recorded by Chair and posted online shortly after the meeting


Media Contact:

Jack O’Donnell

087 660 7593

 Notes to Editor:

  About the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality:

The Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality (the Assembly) was established by a resolution of the Oireachtas.

Membership of the Assembly consists of 100 people entitled to vote at a referendum selected to be broadly representatives of the Irish population including the Chairperson, Dr. Catherine Day. Further details on the Citizens’ Assembly website.

The Citizens’ Assembly can also be found on Twitter @CitizAssembly and on YouTube: The Citizens’ Assembly