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Leadership meeting

The Assembly met for the first time online on the 17th October. This meeting focused on the following topic from the Oireachtas resolution to ‘seek to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in the workplace, politics and public life.’

Please note that the information in the presentations and papers and its interpretation is based on the specialist expertise of the speakers who are independent of the Assembly and its Chair and Secretariat. 

Agenda for first online meeting of the Citizens' Assembly on how to advance gender equality.

Saturday's Proceedings

Morning Session

Dr Catherine Day opened the morning session  

Her remarks can be watched here.

A message from Taoiseach Micheál Martin was played for members.   

The Taoiseach’s message can be viewed here.

A specially commissioned video on Women Leaders’ perspectives on leadership was played for members.

Women’s leadership perspectives video can be watched here

Dr Pauline Cullen - Analysis of the Leadership Submissions to the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality.

Dr. Pauline Cullen presented on the Leadership Submissions received by the Citizens' Assembly.  Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. To download the contents of the summary table on Public Life and Leadership, click here. 

Professor Yvonne Galligan - Presentation on Gender Equality, Leadership and Politics 

Professor Yvonne Galligan presented on Gender Equality, Leadership and Politics which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. A script is also available here.

Dr Lenita Freidenvall - Gender Balance in Elected Office in Europe

Dr Lenita Freidenvall presented on Gender Balance in Elected Office in Europewhich was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. A script is also available here

Advocacy Panel: Leadership case studies & suggested recommendations 

A video of this discussion can be viewed here.

A paper submitted by each speaker can be accessed by clicking on their name. 

  • Lian Bell – Waking the feminists 
  • Maria Joyce – National Traveller Women's Forum Ireland 
  • Julie Sinnamon – Enterprise Ireland 
  •  Moderated by Brian MacCraith - Former President of Dublin City University 
Advocacy Panel: Leadership initiatives & suggested recommendations  

A video of this discussion can be viewed here. 

A paper submitted by each speaker can be accessed by clicking on their name. 

  • Sinead Gibney - Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission
  • Gary Kennedy - 30% Club and Better Balance for Better Business 
  • Alison Cowzer  – Women for Election  
  • Moderated by Larry O'Connell - The National Economic and Social Council
Dr Fiona Buckley, UCC - Women’s experience running for election in Ireland.

Dr Fiona Buckley presented on Women’s experience running for election in Ireland which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Citizens also received a summary paper prepared by the Secretariat.

Afternoon Session

Dr Catherine Day introduced the afternoon session

Her remarks can be viewed here. 

The citizens then moved into their breakout groups to discuss the topic of leadership in public life and the workplace.

As well as the previous videos citizens had watched the following videos to prepare for their discussions.

Women on Air 

Women on Air prepared an animated presentation on Women in Media, which was accompanied by the animated text. 

Lynne Cantwell - Women in Sport

Lynne Cantwell, Chair of Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport committee presented on how gender inequality manifest itself in sport & actions to address it. Her presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Male Champions of Change video – Men and Women need to work together on Gender Equality

This video can be watched back here. 

Citizens also received a summary paper prepared by the Secretariat.

The citizens then returned from their breakout groups for the closing session.

Dr Catherine Day closes the leadership meeting

The Chair’s closing remarks can be viewed here. 

Members give feedback from breakout rooms

Each breakout group nominated a member to give feedback from their discussion.

A video of this feedback can be watched back here.