Chair of the Parliamentary Womens Caucus Senator Fiona O’Loughlin an informal joint meeting in Dublin with the Irish Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and heard about Ireland’s successful experience with a Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality.
Catherine Day, a former Secretary General of the European Commission who chaired the Citizens’ Assembly, presented the concept – a group of 100 citizens, half women and half men, randomly selected but broadly reflecting Irish society, and tasked with making recommendations to the Irish Parliament on how to advance gender equality.
The Assembly, the third such citizen body in Ireland, presented its 45 recommendations to the Oireachtas, the Irish Parliament, in June 2021. Among the proposals were changes to the Constitution, quotas in politics and business, improvements in the areas of caregiving and family life, and measures to combat domestic violence.
Senator O’Loughlin said, “Was a pleasure to welcome Catherine Day and other colleagues from around the Council of Europe countries to Dublin for what was a very productive and important meeting. We are united in our determination to tackle gender equality and to combat domestic violence and the broader persecution of women in our societies.”