National Women’s Strategy 2007-2016

The National Women’s Strategy (NWS) is an all-of-Government strategy which was approved by the Government and launched by the Taoiseach on 18 April, 2007. The NWS has as its vision:
An Ireland where all women enjoy equality with men and can achieve their full potential, while enjoying a safe and fulfilling life.

The strategy, which contains 20 key objectives and over 200 actions, aims to:

  • equalise socio-economic opportunity for women
  • ensure their wellbeing
  • engage women as equal and active citizens


Implementation of the strategy is being overseen by an inter-departmental committee chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality and by the National Women’s Strategy Monitoring Committee, which includes the social partners and is chaired by the Minister of State with responsibility for Equality.

The National Women’s Strategy endeavored to find every facet of a woman’s life on which the State can have an impact and has tried to take steps to address any shortcomings.  It is organised under 3 key themes, which include over 20 objectives and more than 200 actions:

  • socio-economic opportunity
  • wellbeing
  • active citizenship
     

Sub-themes in the National Women's Strategy

EQUALISING SOCIO-
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
FOR WOMEN
ENSURING THE WELL-
BEING OF WOMEN
ENGAGING AS EQUAL
AND ACTIVE CITIZENS
Women in Employment and
Enterprise
Work/Life Balance Women in Decision-Making
Attracting more Women into
the Labour Market
Women’s Health Women in Politics
The Gender Pay Gap and
Variations in Income
Sexual and Reproductive
Health
Women on State and
Private Sector Boards
The Advancement of
Women in Employment
Advancing Good Mental Health Women and  the Arts
Women as Entrepreneurs Health Promotion Women and the Media
Women and Education Women, Sport and
Physical Activity
Gender and Ireland’s
Overseas Development
Aid Programme
Expanding Quality and
Affordable Childcare
Health and Safety for
Women in Employment
Multi-lateral Partnership
to Support Women
Supporting Women with
Caring Responsibilities
Bullying and Sexual
Harassment
Gender Violence in Conflict,
Post-Conflict and
Development
Women and the Risk of
Poverty
Violence against
Women
 
Lone Parents, other Low
Income Families and
Poverty
Women and
Trafficking
 
Older Women and Pensions    

 

The strategy also contains actions which will contribute to its implementation and to a greater awareness of gender equality issues in relation to policy-making across all Government activities.

 

Theme One aims to Equalise Socio-Economic Opportunity For Women

It contains 10 objectives/sub-objectives and 64 different actions. The 10 objectives/sub-objectives are as follows:

EQUALISING SOCIO-ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN
1-A To increase the participation of women in the labour force
1-B To decrease the gender pay gap
2 To promote the advancement of women in the labour market
3 To support more women as entrepreneurs
4 To seek to ensure that women and girls achieve their full potential in the
education system
5-A To ensure that childcare services are optimised to meet the needs of
parents and children alike
5-B To ensure that the care infrastructure supports women’s socio-economic
engagement
6-A To reduce the numbers of women experiencing poverty
6-B To reduce the numbers of female lone parent who experience poverty
6-C To reduce the numbers of women experiencing poverty by increasing pension
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Theme Two aims to Ensure The Wellbeing Of Women

It contains 11 objectives/sub-objectives and 48 different actions. The 11 objectives/sub-objectives are as follows:

ENSURING THE WELLBEING OF WOMEN
7 To enhance the work/life balance for women
8-A To improve the health status of women in Ireland through gender focused policies
8-B To improve the physical health status of women in Ireland
8-C To improve the reproductive and sexual health status of women in Ireland
8-D To improve the mental health status of women in Ireland
8-E To promote healthy lifestyles for the women in Ireland
9 To increase the number of women participating in sport and physical activity in Ireland
10 To ensure the health and safety of pregnant and breast feeding women at work
11 To protect women from bullying and harassment in the workplace
12 To combat violence against women through improved services for victims together with effective prevention and prosecution
13 To address the issue of trafficking of women and children

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme Three aims to Engage Women As Equal And Active Citizens

It contains 7 objectives/sub-objectives and 54 different actions. The 7 objectives/sub-objectives are as follows:

ENGAGING AS EQUAL AND ACTIVE CITIZENS
14 To increase the number of women in decision-making positions in Ireland
15 To increase the number of women involved in the arts in Ireland
16 To use media proactively to support gender equality and the advancement
of women
17-A To foster the advancement of UN Millennium Development Goals through Irish Aid
17-B To use multi-lateral aid and development policy to promote the role of women and gender equality in developing countries
17-C To enhance the capacity of Irish Aid and Development Partners to respond
effectively to Gender Based Violence in conflict, post-conflict and
developing environments
17-D To ensure the integration of gender perspectives into all parts of the
United Nations System

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Implementation of the strategy will be achieved through the following key objectives:

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S STRATEGY
18 To implement gender mainstreaming as the principal instrument for the
achievement of gender equality in Ireland
19 To provide financial support to implement the National Women’s Strategy
20 To ensure that the National Women’s Strategy is fully implemented

 

 


 

 

National Women’s Strategy 2007 - 2016 (PDF - 2.02MB) 

 

Progress Reports

Implementing the National Womens Strategy 2007-2016, Progress 2007/2008 (PDF - 537KB)

Implementing the National Womens Strategy 2007-2016, Progress 2009 (PDF - 378KB)