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Launch of Gender Action Plan 2018 Ė 2020

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13/11/2018 10:58:20


An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, T.D, and Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (12th Nov 2018) launched the Gender Action Plan 2018 - 2020: Accelerating Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Action Plan is designed to transform the Higher Education sector's gender equality performance.

The Gender Equality Taskforce was established in November 2017 to build on the work of the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016. The Taskforce identified significant measures that will further accelerate progress in achieving gender equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions following on from the recommendations of the HEA Expert Group (2016.

Minister Mitchell O'Connor said, "This Government and I are committed to eradicating gender inequality in our HEI's. I am insisting on institutions setting ambitious targets for 1 year, 3 years and 5 years. I want 40% of professors within our institutions to be female by 2024.I believe that reflecting the seminal work of the Expert Group Report which is now reinforced by the Action Plan the Higher Education system is committed to that outcome'

'Our Higher Education Institutions should always be beacons of equality, diversity and inclusion. Ireland has a track record in effecting change on key policy initiatives. We have already shown our commitment to issues of equality and diversity with the same-sex marriage referendum and indeed issues which impact upon women including this years' referendum to remove the 8th amendment. I know that the targets contained within this report will effect real change' Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President of ITB, today said "IT Blanchardstown welcomes the launch of the government's Gender Action Plan 2018 - 2020. We strongly support the initiatives contained in the action plan and are currently enthusiastically working on many aspects of gender equality."

Full details on the action plan can be found at








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