Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D., today announced a commitment of over €1.1 million in additional funding to 36 positive action projects across Ireland, which are working to increase women’s participation in the labour market and the broader economy under the ESF funded Equality for Women Measure.

 

A list of the projects which are now able to extend their activity to the end of 2012 is appended.

 

Following a rigorous and open competition, all of these projects were previously selected for ESF funding through the Equality for Women Measure, which forms part of the 2007 – 2013 Human Capital Investment Operational Programme.  Their most recent phase of funding elapsed on 30 April 2012. 

 

The Equality for Women Measure 2008 – 2013 has benefited over 8,000 women to date.  It has enabled a significant number to return to the labour market, despite the difficult economic environment. 

 

Speaking in relation to this announcement, Minster of State Lynch said:

 

I am particularly pleased to be making this announcement of ESF funding which will enhance the employment opportunities of a further 1,500 women and continue to foster female entrepreneurship.

 

The important contribution made by women to economic growth is often overlooked.  In Ireland, the number of women at work increased by 57 per cent to over 900,000 in the ten year period to 2008, and it is still 43 per cent ahead of the 1998 statistics, despite the economic downturn. 

 

There is a significant untapped pool of labour as an economic resource among women who are currently outside the labour market in Ireland. By encouraging the economic engagement of women, the Equality for Women Measure is contributing to Ireland’s productivity and to the achievement of the employment goals in the EU’s Europe 2020 policy for competitiveness and growth.

 

I wish to acknowledge the important contribution that ESF funding makes to the achievement of greater economic equality for women in Ireland, and indeed across Europe. 

 

 

16 May 2012

 

ENDS

 

 

List of beneficiary projects and information note attached.

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TO PRESS RELEASE

 

ESF EQUALITY FOR WOMEN MEASURE – 2012 FUNDING ALLOCATION

 

Project name

County

Funding

 

 

 

STRAND 1 ACCESS  TO EMPLOYMENT

 

 

 

IRD Duhallow Ltd

Cork

€33,333

Ballyhoura Development Ltd.

Limerick

€26,667

North & East Kerry Leader Partnership Teo Dev.

Kerry

€30,667

South West Mayo Development Company

Mayo

€33,333

Breffni Integrated Ltd

Cavan

€31,167

Bray Area Partnership

Wicklow

€33,333

CPLN Area Partnership Ltd

Dublin

€33,333

Galway City Partnership

Galway

€30,000

Southside Partnership DLR - Local Empl. Service

Dublin

€29,333

Dodder Valley Partnership

Dublin

€31,289

West Limerick Resources Ltd

Limerick

€31,077

Monaghan Integrated Development Ltd

Monaghan

€29,201

Doras Bui a parents alone resource centre

Dublin

€25,319

Merchants Quay Project Ltd. (trading as MQI)

Dublin

€26,646

Ballyfermot IT Centre Social Economy Ltd

Dublin

€25,603

Little Bray Family Resource & Development

Wicklow

€13,133

County Roscommon Women’s Network Co Ltd

Roscommon

€29,573

Women’s Community Projects (Mullingar) Assoc Ltd

Westmeath

€33,135

Forward Steps Resource Centre Ltd.

Carlow

€29,210

Waterford Women's Centre Access 2000 Ltd

Waterford

€33,333

Cultúr Celebrating Diversity Ltd

Meath

€32,704

OPEN ERT-OPEN Education, Research&Training Ltd

Dublin

€33,333

South East Community Training & Educ. Centre Ltd

Wexford

€31,304

FLAC Free Legal Advice Centres

Dublin

€30,333

Access 2000 (Wexford) Ltd

Wexford

€30,000

 

 

 

 TOTAL 25 projects continuing

 

€746,359

 

 

 

STRAND 2 FOSTERING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

 

 

South & East Cork Area Development Partnership Ltd

Cork

€33,167

Northside Partnership

Dublin

€25,433

Longford Women's Link Ltd

Longford

€30,166

Galway Traveller Movement Ltd

Galway

€33,000

Mayo Intercultural Action Ltd

Mayo

€33,152

University College Dublin

Dublin

€25,927

Cork Institute of Technology

Cork

€17,235

Donegal County Enterprise Board

Donegal

€29,000

Fitzsimons Consulting/Going for Growth

Dublin

€25,500

 

 

 

TOTAL 9 Projects (Pobal) continuing

 

€252,580

Plus National Women’s Enterprise Day

Limerick

€50,000

 

 

 

STRAND 3 WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century - UCC

Cork

€32,519

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL  36 projects

 

€1,081,458

 

 

NOTE FOR EDITORS

 

The Equality for Women Measure (EWM) is a positive action measure to foster gender equality delivered by the Department of Justice and Equality with European Social Funds provided through the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007 – 2013. The EWM remains a very important initiative in the context of the Programme for Government and the National Women’s Strategy, which include commitments to enable the full participation of women in society, including in employment.

 

The Measure has funding of €11.5 million over its lifetime, of which €5.75 million is made available by the European Social Fund with the match funding coming from the Exchequer.

 

The Equality for Women Measure has a number of strands. 

 

The "Access to Employment" strand makes funding available to community based/not for profit organisations who provide certified training courses and other developmental courses to assist women currently outside the labour market to prepare to rejoin the work force directly or to participate in further mainstream training or education.  This largely targets women from less advantaged backgrounds.  Since this phase of the Measure began in late 2008, almost 7,000 women have undertaken training and development courses and about a quarter have moved into employment or more advanced training, despite the economic downturn. 

 

The funding announcement today is likely to benefit a further 1,500 women by enabling them to develop skills to bring them back into the labour market. 

 

The Entrepreneurship Strand has benefited 1,000 women to date.  This has been achieved through the very successful National Women’s Enterprise Day, organised by the City and County Enterprise Boards (at which individual mentoring sessions are complemented by contributions from nationally and internationally prominent female entrepreneurs) and through a range of projects which develop the entrepreneurial skills of groups at local level.

 

A third Strand did not attract as many good proposals as had been anticipated and only one project was recommended for funding, following the thorough evaluation process.