Gender equality

Call for statutory gender quotas on Irish corporate boards

Statutory gender quotas on corporate boards are effective and should be introduced in Ireland, the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said.

Published 7 June 2021

Women make up majority of Irish solicitors but only a third of partners

Women make up a majority of all practising solicitors in Ireland but just over a third of those at partner level, the Law Society of Ireland has revealed.

Published 8 March 2021

Retired Air Corps captain awarded €117k in compensation for gender discrimination

A former captain in the Air Corps who suffered discrimination on the basis of her gender has been awarded €117,800 in compensation, the maximum possible.

Published 23 December 2020

Law Society drops 'Dear Sirs' as formal salutation

The Law Society of Ireland will no longer use "Dear Sirs" as a salutation in formal letters and emails as part of its commitment to gender equality.

Published 5 October 2020

TLT recognised for commitment to diversity and inclusion

UK law firm TLT has been recognised for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland.

Published 25 September 2020

Male solicitors more successful in applications for senior counsel

Male solicitors were twice as likely as women to succeed in their applications for recognition as senior counsel, according to new figures.

Published 18 September 2020

Next 100 Years opens annual Inspirational Women in Law Awards for nominations

The Next 100 Years, the successor project to the First 100 Years, has opened its annual Inspirational Women in Law Awards for nominations.

Published 28 July 2020

PSRP launches mobile app to boost role of women in peace processes

The Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) has launched a new mobile app to help embed women’s rights in peace negotiations in the Arab world and beyond.

Published 3 July 2020

Equal Pay Act at 50: Female lawyers reflect on lack of progress and fears for future

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act being enacted in England and Wales. 

Published 29 May 2020

Lady Hale named patron of The Next 100 Years

Lady Hale, former president of the UK Supreme Court, has been named as the patron of The Next 100 Years, a project dedicated to achieving equality for women in law.

Published 2 April 2020

Watchdog recommends measures to boost women's representation in judiciary and law firms

Ireland should take measures to improve women's representation in the judiciary and in leadership roles at law firms, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 9 March 2020

Portrait of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy unveiled by The Bar of Ireland

A portrait of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy by award-winning artist Hetty Lawlor has been unveiled as part of The Bar of Ireland’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

Published 6 March 2020

Women lawyers invited to have photos taken as part of global diversity project

Members of the legal community in Northern Ireland have been invited to #FaceTheFuture and have their pictures taken as part of a global photography project showcasing the diverse face of women in the law.

Published 5 March 2020

The Next 100 Years: New UK project to take action on equality for women in law

The team behind the First 100 Years has launched its latest project, The Next 100 Years, dedicated to achieving equality for women in law.

Published 3 March 2020

Citizens' Assembly calls for constitutional reference to 'women's life within the home' to be scrapped

The controversial reference to women’s “life within the home” in the Irish constitution should be scrapped, the Citizens' Assembly has said.

Published 17 February 2020