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The role of women in civil society

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'The aim of the National Strategy for Women and Girls is that, once it concludes at the end of this year, there will be greater equality for women and girls.' Stock image

'The aim of the National Strategy for Women and Girls is that, once it concludes at the end of this year, there will be greater equality for women and girls.' Stock image

'The aim of the National Strategy for Women and Girls is that, once it concludes at the end of this year, there will be greater equality for women and girls.' Stock image

The celebration of International Women's Day today gives occasion to note progress made on a range of measures to promote greater gender equality in Ireland, and it is only right to note that there have been some notable achievements in recent years.

Yet as the recent general election, and subsequent nominations to Seanad Eireann, have shown there remain many obstacles which continue to present great difficulties for a proper proportional representation of women in our national parliament and generally in civil society.

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is: "I am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights". In many ways, it is truly extraordinary that in the year 2020 we are still discussing the need for equality as though there could be any doubt. And more extraordinary still that as part of the list of its achievements, the outgoing government points to the belated ratification of the Istanbul Convention last year, which aims to prevent domestic violence, as progress; or indeed the hope - hope - that legislation to provide for gender pay reporting will be reintroduced to the new Dail.