13 March 2021

Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality

The morning session considered the topic of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

In the afternoon, the members of the Citizens’ Assembly discussed the follow-up to the Assembly’s meeting on Care held on 16 January 2021, for more information click here.

The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Dr Catherine Day provided feedback on breakout groups’ discussions, a video can be watched here.

Pre-circulated videos

Please note that the information in the presentations and papers and its interpretation is based on the specialist expertise of the speakers who are independent of the Assembly and its Chair and Secretariat. 

1. Dr Monica O’Connor, UCD: Gender-based Violence and Gender Equality. Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation

2. Dr Pauline Cullen, Maynooth University: Public submissions on Gender-Based Violence. Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation and Paper. 

A recommendations slide & paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their Organisation. 

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

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

5. Lorna Fitzpatrick, President USI in conversation with Sandra Healy, DCU: Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions. Her video presentation was accompanied by a paper.

Morning Session

10 am    Dr Catherine Day opening the morning session, a video can be watched here.


Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

10.10 am   Dr Monica O’Connor, UCD: Gender based Violence and Gender Equality. Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation


10.25 am   Q & A with Dr. Monica O’Connor, a video can be watched here.


10.40 am  Breakout Group Discussion   Private


12 pm      Lunch


Afternoon session      

Care recommendations

 Discussion of care recommendations for ballot paper can be viewed here.