#WorkEqual campaign to publish recommendations for government and employers to achieve workplace equality

Recommendations for government, employers and individuals aimed at achieving gender equality in the workplace will be published tomorrow, Wednesday, 5th August, by the #WorkEqual campaign.

The campaign is run by the Dress for Success Dublin (DfSD) charity, and aims to tackle gender inequalities in the workplace.  The report being launched tomorrow – ‘Practical Steps to Workplace Equality’ – is based on input from delegates at the inaugural #WorkEqual conference, which took place last November.  The conference was attended by 130 business leaders, politicians, policymakers and NGO representatives.

The ‘Practical Steps to Workplace Equality’ report has been written by Professor Michelle Millar, Dean of Students at NUI Galway and a Senior Research Fellow at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, and Sonya Lennon, founder of DfSD.  It will be launched at 12.30pm tomorrow during an online event.  In addition to Professor Millar and Sonya Lennon, speakers at the event will include:

  • Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, which sponsored the #WorkEqual conference last year;
  • Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD, who was elected a Fine Gael TD earlier this year, having previously served as a County Councillor on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and a policy advisor for a number of different Government Ministers.
  • Deirdre Dwyer, a 47-year-old mother and grandmother, who will speak about the obstacles she has faced in her own working life;
  • Shane Dempsey, Chair of DfSD and Director of Communications and Government Relations at the Construction Industry Federation; and

A photocall with Sonya Lennon and Andrew Brownlee will take place in advance of the online event – at 11am at the main entrance to the CHQ Building (quays-side) in Dublin’s Docklands.

Commenting in advance of the report launch, Sonya Lennon said: “Our aim with the #WorkEqual conference was to develop very practical recommendations that can be implemented by government and workplaces swiftly and easily. We believe there are steps that can and must be taken to eradicate gender inequalities at work, and the report we’re launching tomorrow encapsulates these.”