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Increasing Gender Balance on Boards: The Case for Legislative Quotas

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The pace of change is too slow - its time to balance the odds

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Join us for the launch of ‘Increasing Gender Balance on Boards: The case for legislative Gender Quotas in Ireland', on Thursday, 24th June.

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. Quotas redistribute power at the top of the labour market that has positive trickle-down benefits : for companies in improving financial performance; for other women at all levels in a firm that include smaller gender wage gaps more flexible work options and measures to combat sexual harassment. Legislative quota laws are most successful in increasing women’s board representation.

In the report we make the case for mandatory corporate gender quotas in Ireland - underlining the efficacy of gender quotas to deliver significant increases in gender balance on corporate boards.

Speakers will include

  • Orla O'Connor, Director, NWC
  • Dr Pauline Cullen
  • Anne O'Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland
  • MEP Frances Fitzgerald
  • Senator Fiona O'Loughlin, Chairperson of the Women's Parliamentary caucus
  • Mark Fenton, CEO & Founder, MASF Consulting Ltd.
  • Aine Kerr, Broadcaster, Co-founder & COO, Kinzen
  • Clare Austick, USI President-elect

The webinar will be supported by ISL Interpreters . If you have any other accessibility needs, please get in contact with Susan McCormack susanmcc@nwci.ie by the 1st June to support our preparations.

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The National Women's Council (NWC) is the national representative organisation for women in Ireland.

The ambition of the National Women’s Council is an Ireland where every woman enjoys true equality and no woman is left behind. This ambition shapes and informs our work, and, with our living values, how we work. We are a movement-building organisation rooted in our membership, working on the whole island of Ireland. We are also part of the international movement to protect and advance women’s and girls’ rights.

Our purpose is to lead action for the achievement of women’s and girls’ equality through mobilising, influencing, and building solidarity.












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