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Healthy babies are the country’s future wealth and their mothers need government support

Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2021

The National Women’s Council (NWCI) and Baby Feeding Law Group Ireland (BFLGI, to mark World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, call on the government to take the lead in support for babies and their mothers as a public health...read more

National Women’s Council Holds First Meeting of All-Island Women’s Forum

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2021

The National Women’s Council (NWC) is delighted to hold the first meeting of the All-Island Women’s Forum today  Led by the National Women’s Council (NWC), The Women’s Forum aims to address...read more

National Women’s Council Announces All-Island Women’s Forum Members

Published: Thursday, July 22, 2021

The National Women’s Council (NWC) today announced the All-Island Women’s Forum participants, consisting of 28 members, 14 from Northern Ireland and 14 from the South.   Led by the National Women’s Council (NWC), The Women’s...read more

Huge concern over lack of attention to gender equality in economic decisions

Published: Monday, June 28, 2021

Speaking ahead of the National Economic Dialogue today (28th June 2021), the National Women’s Council (NWC) called for significant investment in a public childcare model, public services and the care economy to tackle persistent inequalities for women and...read more

National Women’s Council calls for 40 per cent legislative quota for female representation on corpor

Published: Thursday, June 24, 2021

A 40 per cent legislative quota for female representation on corporate boards must be introduced. That’s according to the National Women’s Council, who are today (22.06.2021) launching a new research report and campaign making the case for legislative...read more

Defending the right not to be bought or sold for sex

Published: Monday, June 21, 2021

Participants at today’s webinar on the new Beyond Exploitation campaign, led by the National Women’s Council in partnership with Ruhama and Immigrant Council of Ireland, heard from a wide range of civil society organisations, trades unions...read more

Women want to see a different society – not go back to the ‘old normal’

Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The National Women’s Council (NWC) today (15th June) has set out a new ambition and priorities for women over the next four year with the launch of ‘No Woman Left Behind’, NWC’s new Strategic...read more

UK statistics on abortion highlight urgent need to improve abortion access in Ireland

Published: Thursday, June 10, 2021

In response to today’s statistics from the UK showing that almost 200 women and pregnant people from Ireland travelled to England and Wales for abortion care in 2020, the National Women’s Council (NWC) called on the Government to...read more

NWC calls for improved abortion care ahead of three-year Government Review

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

“I took abortion pills in Ireland which didn’t work and then I was 13 weeks so my GP said I have to go to England. The costs will be way more than I can afford so I was...read more

Citizens’ Assembly: Citizens lead change for women’s equality

Published: Saturday, April 24, 2021

In response to the announcement of the results of the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality today (24th April), the National Women’s Council (NWC) hailed the recommendations by the Citizens as a breakthrough for women’s equality and...read more

National Women’s Council calls for special joint Oireachtas Committee to oversee implementation of t

Published: Thursday, June 03, 2021

Dr Catherine Day, Chair of the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality, met with National Women’s Council (NWC) members today (3rd June) to discuss the citizens’ recommendations and next steps at NWC’s Annual General Meeting. The...read more

Pension Commission must end deep inequalities for women in Pensions

Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In its presentation to the Pension Commission, the National Women’s Council (NWC) today called for urgent action to address the deep inequalities in our pension system for women, and for a universal State pension for all. Currently, women...read more

NWC Welcome Inclusion of Gender as a Protected Ground in Hate Crime Legislation

Published: Friday, April 16, 2021

The National Women’s Council has today welcomed the inclusion of gender as a protected ground in the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Hate Crime) Bill 2021.  Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s...read more

National Women’s Council welcomes three-week extension of paid Parent’s Leave

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2021

The National Women’s Council (NWC) welcomed the three-week extension of paid Parent’s Leave that came into effect with the passing of the Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2021 this evening. This follows an extensive campaign by...read more

Local Caucuses will promote more women in politics

Published: Thursday, March 04, 2021

Marking the beginning of its International Women’s Week programme of events #FutureisFeminist, the National Women’s Council (NWC) today, 4th March, launched its new research report Women doing politics differently which highlights the benefits of local and...read more

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