Sub-Committee


To read the Report on Women’s Participation in Politics, click here.

Background to the publication of the Report:

Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Law Reform and Women’s Rights

  • April 2009 - the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Law Reform and Women’s Rights appointed a sub-committee on women’s participation in politics
  • Senator Ivana Bacik was appointed Rapporteur to this Sub-Committee on Women’s Participation in Politics.
  • The sub-Committee’s main objective was to examine the challenges facing women who wish to pursue a career in politics at local, national and European levels.
  • With this aim in mind the sub-Committee set about its task by inviting former female politicians to make a presentation before the sub-Committee detailing their personal experiences before, during and after their time in politics.
  • The sub-Committee also heard evidence from leading academic, Professor Yvonne Galligan who has carried out a number of detailed studies on the role of women in politics.
  • The resultant report was published in October 2009, with unanimous support for its findings and recommendations.

To read the report in full, please click on the following link: http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/committees30thdail/j-justiceedwr/reports_2008/20091105.pdf

To read my Statement, delivered during the discussion of the report in the Seanad on the 27th April 2010, click on the following link: Women’s Participation in Politics: Statements

You can also watch the discussion of the report in the Seanad, which took place on the 27th April 2010, by clicking on the following link:http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=14861&&CatID=129