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About the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality

The Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality was established by Oireachtas resolution in July 2019 to consider gender equality and make recommendations to the Oireachtas to advance gender equality by bringing forward proposals to:

  • 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 Resolution also asked the Assembly ‘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’. For more information click here.

The Process

For a video played at the inaugral meeting which gives an overview of the process and how it works please click here.

The Assembly was chaired by Dr. Catherine Day, former Secretary General of the European Commission. Read more about the Chairperson here

Citizens' were randomly selected by an independent polling company. They are broadly representative of the Citizens' of Ireland. For more information on this please click here.

As was the case for previous Assemblies, an Expert Advisory Group was put in place to assist the Chair and Secretariat in constructing a fair, balanced and comprehensive work programme for the Assembly on each of the topics set out in the Oireachtas resolution.

The Assembly launched a public call for submissions and 246 published responses were received. Dr. Pauline Cullen was appointed to analyse and summarise these to ensure they were reflected in the citizens’ deliberations.

The Assembly met offline and online between January 2020 and April 2021. For information on each Assembly meeting please click here.

The work of the Assembly concluded in April 2021 and the report was laid before the House of the Oireachtas in June 2021, click here for more information. 

The Oireachtas resolution provided for the engagement by the Citizens’ Assembly of independent researchers to monitor and record the perceived deliberative quality of the Assembly. Their independent report is now available here.