Gender Equality



Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.


Gender Equality Division

The Gender Equality Division has responsibility for:

  • fostering the achievement of true equality between women and men in Ireland
  • implementing specific commitments in the Programme for Government on gender equality
  • overseeing implementation of the National Women’s Strategy
  • monitoring national and international commitments on gender equality
  • reporting on gender equality issues for which other Government departments and State agencies are responsible 

Our work includes improving female representation at work, in politics, in public appointments and on company boards, tackling violence against women and girls, and engaging with women to strengthen their voice in government. Please visit where you will also find more information on the work of the Gender Equality Division

Government Policy Overview

Government policy in this area includes:

  • the provision of a legal framework that provides for equal treatment of women and men
  • the National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016, which is the Government’s statement of priorities in relation to the advancement of women in Irish society. 
  • a programme of positive action measures, including the Equality for Women Measure 2008-2013, to enhance women’s skills and to foster their engagement in areas of Irish society and decision-making where they are under-represented.


Contact Details

Address: Gender Equality Division
Department of Justice and Equality
Floor 2, Bishop’s Square
Redmond’s Hill
Dublin 2
(Main reception):
+ 353 1 479-0200
Fax: + 353 1 479-0293



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