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Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss women, peace and security with representatives from the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence

24 May 2022, 11.42

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs will meet on Tuesday May 24th for engagement with representatives from The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence to discuss their work in particular, the issues of Women, Peace and Security.

The Irish Consortium of Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) is an Irish based alliance of International human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, including International NGO’s and Government Bodies.

The ICGBV is made up of thirteen member organisations:-  Irish Aid, the Irish Defence Forces, ActionAid Ireland, Christian Aid Ireland, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Ifrah Foundation, Irish Red Cross, Oxfam Ireland, Plan International, Self Help Africa, Trócaire and World Vision Ireland.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 2 in Leinster House between 15:15-18:00. 

The following representatives are due to appear:

 • GOAL - Mary van Lieshout, Deputy CEO,

• World Vision Ireland -  Maurice Sadlier, Programme Director,

• ICGBV - Abby Ryan, Coordinator

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Charlie Flanagan said: “The Women, Peace and Security Agenda is founded on the idea that due to the power dynamics of gender, conflict has different effects on women, girls, boys and men. It outlines the long term impact of women’s meaningful and equal participation in conflict prevention, peace negotiations, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction and governance in terms of creating and sustaining peace and stability."

“Ireland is recognised as a leading voice on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) at the UN Security Council and elsewhere.  Implementing the WPS Agenda at international level includes sharing Ireland’s experience of conflict and the transformative impact women have had on the Northern Ireland peace process, both in negotiating the political settlement and continuing the essential work of peacebuilding today."

“For the remainder of our term on the UN Security Council, Ireland will work to capitalise on the gains we have made and move the WPS agenda forward. The Committee looks forward to discussing these topics with representatives and hearing about how the ICGBV is helping to advance the WPS agenda.”

Watch the Committee live on Oireachtas TV or on the Oireachtas smartphone app for Apple and Android. 

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