Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (85)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

85. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach the terms of reference for the citizens' assembly on gender equality. [25416/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The Government recently agreed that a Citizens’ Assembly be convened to bring forward proposals to advance gender equality that:

- challenge the remaining barriers, social norms and attitudes that facilitate gender discrimination towards girls and boys, women and men;

- 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 following on from that

prioritise the proposals, which may include policy, legislative or constitutional change, having regard to the legal requirements and the costs versus the potential impact.

Following an establishment phase it is expected that the Assembly will be up and running by end October 2019 and will run for a maximum of six months.

As with the Convention on the Constitution and the previous Citizens’ Assembly, the establishment of the Assemblies will be the subject of a Resolution of each House of the Oireachtas and that the Assemblies will also report to both Houses of the Oireachtas.