40 Years of NWCI & European Membership | Where Are We Now?

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  • 1. 40 Years of NWCI & EuropeanMembership | Where Are We Now?Olwen DaweIrish Business Intelligence & Network Ireland
  • 2. 1973 – now | What Change?• 13 pieces of legislation to promote equality• % employment rate – 34% [1973] to 56%[2011]• Earnings [as a % of men’s] – 58% [1979] to86% [2006]
  • 3. 2013 | Where Are We Now?• We employ least those we educate most –K. Lynch [EU2013 Conference]• 15-18% of established entrepreneurial activity• 50% less start-upsEEN [2010]
  • 4. The Challenges?• Lack of proper financing;• Lack of prior experience;• Lack of training;• Self-selection;• Pressures from family life, lack of role modelsand lower perception of skills / ability.
  • 5. Opportunities
  • 6. Margaret E. WardNiamh GallagherOrlaith Carmody“Women currently onlyrepresent 15% of Dáil seats,and 16% at local authoritylevel – it will take 250 years toachieve equality based oncurrent progress… therefore wehave to accelerate the pace ofchange”“Women on Air was established toaddress the significant genderimbalance on the airwaves.Womens voices are only heard 10%to 20% of the time on radio and TVand they are rarely heard as areaexperts. We seek to increase mediadiversity to ensure womens voicesinfluence public debate and shapesocial and government policy. Arepresentative media promotes ahealthy democracy.”"Women in high profile positionswho say they dont agree withgender quotas bother me – it is as ifthey are saying that they got therethe hard way, so why should anyother woman have it easier? But Ithink what they mean is that thedoor is not closed - it is actually ajar -but you have to push hard to getthrough. Those women pushed thedoor for themselves, and they knowthat the rest of us have to do it too ifwe want to make our mark."