Oireachtas Justice Committee ro review issues around gender pay gap

Just 27% of Irish companies say they have a gender pay gap.

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Dalai Lama 'genuinely meant no offence' with his comments about possibility of female successor

The Dalai Lama has apologised for controversial comments he made about the possibility of a woman succeeding him.

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Pay gap law that would name and shame worst performers criticised for lack of clarity

A potential law on the gender-pay gap that would name and shame the worst performing employers is being criticised for a lack of clarity.

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Marital name-taking a continuum of devaluing women in our society

Hearing that a woman is about to take her husband’s name after marriage is a revelation guaranteed to get my back up. Just what era are we living in, I wonder to myself at such times. What signal does this send out across the genders except to denote a form of handing over of ownership of a key part of your identity?

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Varadkar supports gender quotas at local elections

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken in favour of gender quotas at local level to improve female participation in politics.

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Enterprise Ireland launches €750k Competitive Start Fund for women entrepreneurs

Enterprise Ireland has launched this year's Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for women entrepreneurs.

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2% of apprentices are women: Far too few

This week’s report from an Oireachtas committee that recorded that only 2% of apprenticeships are undertaken by women is a reality check showing that the glass ceiling has a cousin — a glass perimeter excluding women from certain careers.

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Letter to Editor: No longer able to justify roles based on gender

Working women can no longer be expected to be both a domestic goddess and corporate queen.

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Just one in nine CEOs of large enterprises appointed were women

New statistics on gender balance in business have been released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show a gender breakdown of chairpersons, boards of directors, CEOs and senior executive teams.

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Employers could be named and shamed for gender pay gap breach

Shame is relative. That’s the first thing. Some shame is minor.

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The barriers to female promotion have nothing to do with language

Are women deterred by particular terms, masculine terms, from applying for jobs? Unlikely, says Terry Prone.

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New organisation to attract more women to work in fire service

A new organisation to promote diversity and gender equality in the fire service has been launched at the annual conference of Chief Fire Officers today.

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Gender balance cash incentive benefits main parties

Cash incentives for female candidates in the upcoming local elections will benefit established parties more than Independents.

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London Marathon dress code: Gender rules

It’s reasonable to assume that the meetings of the people who set the Guinness World Records (GWR) rules and arbitrate on disputes must be enthralling, and probably as long as it takes to run a marathon.

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Solas puts spotlight on work-based learning route back into workforce

FURTHER training and education authority Solas is engaging with home-based women to encourage them to consider retraining to fill a growing number of vacancies across all sectors.

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Readers' Blog: Women’s endurance tops men’s

In relation to RTÉ’s documentary about new recruits being trained up for the Defence Forces, I heard some remark about women – was it that they had never finished some endurance test?

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16,000 women could be attracted back to work with right support

218,000 women between the ages of 20 and 64 are currently not participating in the workforce.

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Average composition of Irish company boards now 31% female

Research from EY says the average composition of Irish boards is now 31% female and 69% male.

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New law proposed to name and shame companies with poor record of equal pay

A new law to name and shame companies with a poor record of equal pay for female staff has been introduced by the Government, five years after being asked to do so by the European Commission.

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Government may force companies to reveal pay differences of employees

The legislation aims to provide more transparency on the extent of the gender pay gap in firms with over 250 employees.

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Virgin Atlantic to replace iconic flying lady emblem with more diverse range of men and women

Among the people wearing a red leotard in the new artwork will be a black man and woman, and a gay man.

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25% of Irish companies admit there is a gender pay gap at their firm

A quarter of companies in Ireland say that there is a gender pay gap at their firm according to the 2019 Pay and Employment Practices Survey from CIPD Ireland and Industrial Relations News.

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Equality for women key to peaceful world, says Angelina Jolie in emotive speech

The Oscar-winning actress addressed a United Nations meeting on peacekeeping.

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Arts Council concedes its work on equality has been 'too limited and too compartmentalised'

The State body says it is deeply aware that many inequities still exist within the arts in Ireland, and a substantial number of people "continue to experience barriers to engaging with and participating in the arts”.

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Little substance behind spin on closing gender pay gap

The Government shouts loudly about helping working mothers, closing the gender pay gap and supporting the career progression of women but in reality it is blocking simple measures that could make a real difference.

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Women leaders call out fellow bosses

Ireland has come some way in tackling inequality in the past 40 years but still has a long way to go towards gender equality at the top of organisations, says Kyran Fitzgerald

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New laws to make firms reveal gender wage gaps

The Government will today agree new laws to force firms to publish details about gender wage gaps and will also approve minimum standards to prevent violence against women.

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Dua Lipa criticises social media hypocrites

The 23-year-old criticised those who say they support gender equality but then behave poorly online.

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Grapevine: Employers urged to look at board room diversity before new rules

Businesses should be examining gender balance in their workplace now in advance of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill eventually comes into force, advises Patrick Robertson, managing director of Performance Reward Consulting.

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#FirefightingSexism: Four-year-old inspires global firewomen campaign

West Midlands Fire Service took action for Esme, four, who thought only men could be firefighters.

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Minimum wage slashed gender gap for low paid

The introduction of the minimum wage in Ireland almost 20 years ago slashed the gender pay gap for lower paid workers but not in any other wage levels.

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The vote was not an empty symbol but a transformative tool for women

Dr Mary Strangman, the first female councillor in the city, was vital in the organisation of Waterford suffrage, writes Leeann Lane.

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Vote for women: We celebrate century of change but must avoid complacency

Exactly 100 years ago, in December 1918, Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to the Westminster parliament, writes Louise Ryan

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Poll shows the age group most likely to experience gender discrimination

18 to 24-year-olds are more than twice as likely to have experienced gender discrimination than people over 45.

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Central Bank issues coin to mark 100 years since Irish women got vote

The Central Bank has launched a commemorative coin to mark 100 years since Irish women won the right to vote.

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Apple to tutor women in tech in bid to diversify industry

Female entrepreneurs and programmers will attend two-week tutorial sessions at the company’s headquarters in California

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Research finds quarter of people unaware of #MeToo movement

The vast majority of people in Ireland believe pay and career progression is skewed in favour of men.

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Number of women in top jobs at local government falls below minimum requirement

Only 28% of Chief Executives in local government across the country are women.

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Why are we still not seeing more house-husbands?

I grew up in what you might consider a fairly traditional family. My father worked, my mother stayed at home with me and my sister.

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State urged to tackle gender imbalance from bottom up

A bottom-up approach is needed in addition to senior academic posts open only to female applicants to redress gender imbalance in the third-level sector, various stakeholders have said.

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Fianna Fáil: Gender pay gap the next big issue in society

Removing the gender pay gap will be the next big issue that must be tackled in society, a Fianna Fáil senator has claimed.

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Gender pay gap 'deniers' doing a disservice to women and men, says charity founder

Women are effectively working for free from tomorrow until the end of the year.

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Challenging journey to an essential end - Move ring-fences jobs for women

There is a dog-eared story from the long-ago, when John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara were the king and queen of Hollywood, that may not seem as funny today as it did then.

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Government to fund women-only academic posts in drive towards gender equality

The Government is to fund new third-level academic posts that will only be open for women to apply as part of a major new gender equality drive in the sector.

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Equal Pay Day: What 5 inspiring women have said about getting what you’re worth

November 10 is seen as the day the average woman starts working for free.

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Women are taking to social media to raise awareness of Equal Pay Day

November 9 is the last working day before campaigners claim the average woman is ‘working for free’ until 2019.

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Written out of the narrative: Tracking down the Irish suffrage movement

When Donna Gilligan tried to track down surviving objects and images from the Irish suffrage movement, there was little to be found. It’s another example of women’s history being excluded from the national narrative, she tells Helen O’Callaghan.

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Women ‘work for free’ for six weeks due to pay gap

The gender pay gap of 14% means that women “effectively stop earning in mid-November” compared to men.

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Everything you need to know about International Day of the Girl

The focus this year is on arming young women with the skills and opportunities to enter the workforce.

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‘Fear is a part of daily life for women’

Harassment and fear “are part of daily life” for young women in Ireland, according to a children’s rights charity’s survey, published today to coincide with International Day of the Girl.

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Veteran campaigner: ‘Women’s equality is really gender equality’

A veteran of the fight for women’s liberation from Kenya is guest speaker at a Cork charity’s fundraising event, writes Caroline O’Doherty

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Week’s events tell of ongoing gender bias

Any impression that women’s rights were a more or less settled issue before American Tarana Burke established the #MeToo movement has been well and truly shattered.

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Just 1% of workers on constructions sites are women, according to new CIF report

The Construction Industry Federation wants to change the perception that the sector is for men.

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Enthusiasm ‘plateaus’ for helping women into workplace

Organisations are experiencing ‘gender fatigue’ when it comes to implementing gender diversity in the workplace, a leading HR expert has claimed.

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Expert: Many businesses experiencing 'gender fatigue'

A leading international expert has told an event on gender equality in Cork today that organisations are experiencing ‘gender fatigue’ when it comes to implementing gender diversity.

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Leading international expert claims article in Irish Constitution does not reflect reality for most women

A leading international expert has said that there is a new urgency around gender diversity in leadership roles, despite policies that should have eased the problem around the globe.

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Initiative to promote gender equality in the workplace launches today

The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says the Government is committed to equality in the workplace.

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Female golfer refused entry to 'male only' competition fails in discrimination claim

A female golfer has failed in her discrimination action against a Co Wicklow golf club over being refused entry into a ‘male only’ open day competition.

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Legislation tackling gender pay gap published by Government

Charlie Flanagan and David Stanton have announced the publication of the Government's gender pay gap legislation.

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