Galway Civic Trust supports NWCI campaign to Increase Gender Balance on Boards

‘Increasing Gender Balance on Boards: The Case for Legislative Quotas in Ireland’

 

Join NWC, in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy, for this in person seminar for more women on boards

About this event

NWC in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy presents:

‘Increasing Gender Balance on Boards: The Case for Legislative Quotas in Ireland’

The global spread of corporate quotas for women over the past 30 years is both remarkable and consequential. After adoption, quotas have influenced the number of women on boards, the performance and outcomes of decision-making bodies, and broader public attitudes.

The legislative approach dates to Norway, where a 40% gender quota for public limited companies was introduced in 2003, with a grace period until 2008 to reach the target. Female representation had increased only gradually before 2003, but then jumped from 16% in 2004, to 37% in 2007, and finally reached the 40% target in 2008, and 42.5% in 2020. This progress reveals how legislative intervention mandating gender balance on boards is the most substantial measure to improve the representation of women on boards as compared to any action taken by any individual, firm or industry.

Last year NWC launched our Balance the Odds campaign for legislative gender quotas to increase gender balance on boards. Join us for this seminar on the case for quotas in Ireland.

Speakers include;

Norwegian Ambassador Mari Skåre

Orla O’Connor, NWC Director

Sonya Lennon, Designer, Businesswoman and Multi award winning entrepreneur

Deputy Emer Higgins

Senator Fiona O’Loughlin

With guest chair Joyce Fegan, Columnist, Irish Examiner and a keynote address by Liv Monica Stubholt

This event will be in person at Irish Architectural Archive

If you require ISL support, please contact Susan McCormack on susanmcc@nwci.ie by May 24th.

This event is financially supported by the Community Foundation Ireland and the Norwegian Embassy in Ireland

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/increasing-gender-balance-on-boards-the-case-for-legislative-quotas-tickets-342637045627

 

 

Galway Civic Trust / Dúchas na Gaillimhe, have made a  commitment to support and nourish the ideal of seeing women have the same opportunities as men within Irish society. As an organization involved with the promotion and presentation of heritage, it is obvious that in a democratic society there is a real need for social equality and inclusiveness. We are intersectional feminists in that we recognize the historical contexts surrounding the oppression of people based upon culural constructs and perceptions.

We feel privileged to work with the NWCI and the organizations under their umbrella, such as HerStory.ie    who are engaged in admirable heritage work and historical research focused upon providing a gender-balanced perspective of Irish lives. We look forward also to working with all community groups in the Galway region, including Community Work Ireland, as feminist changemakers.

Galway Civic Trust would like to hear from you, members of the public, with any ideas, suggestions, stories, photographs, nominations or proposals with regards to furthering the advancement of gender equality within the heritage sector. You are invited to contact Declan O’Shea who is based at our offices in the Hall of the Red Earl, Druid Lane, Galway. Declan is a Feminist Changemaker with the NWCI, and a member of the Feminist Studies Association (UK and Ireland).

 

See also:    Herstory – Women and Feminism are an integral part of Irish Heritage and Culture

 

 

 

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Galway Civic Trust / Dúchas na Gaillimhe project work is supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland. 

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