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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Challenges: Progress in gender equality painfully slow, says Vodafone boss

Broadcasters Katie Hannon and Miriam O’Callaghan with Anne O’Leary of Vodafone
Broadcasters Katie Hannon and Miriam O’Callaghan with Anne O’Leary of Vodafone
Jane Last

Jane Last

The CEO of Vodafone Ireland says progress in gender equality in this country has "been painfully slow and there is so much more to do".

Anne O'Leary made the remarks while addressing the opening ceremony of the Women In Media Conference last night.

The annual event, sponsored by Vodafone, is now in its seventh year and is taking place in Kilcooly's Country House in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, this weekend.

Ms O'Leary said things have continued to improve for Irish women, particularly with the repeal of the Eighth Amendment last May.

"There's no doubt that as Irish women we have more rights and freedoms than our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

"However, gender equality in Ireland has yet to be achieved in many areas. Progress has been painfully slow and there is so much more to do," she said.

"As a woman in Ireland, you are likely to be paid less than your male counterpart, more likely to face sexual violence and harassment and continue to have the responsibility of being the primary care-giver."

Earlier, Joan O'Connor, founder of the event, dedicated this year's conference to the memory of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, broadcasters Miriam O'Callaghan and Keelin Shanley, MEP Mairead McGuinness and Vodafone CEO Anne O'Leary are just some of the names who will feature in the discussions over the weekend on topics including housing, the future of journalism, and Brexit.

Irish Independent

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