Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.
National policy for equality for women and girls in Ireland has as its vision to work towards: "an Ireland where all women enjoy equality with men and can achieve their full potential, while enjoying a safe and fulfilling life".
The genderequality.ie website, which this website replaces, was originally developed with support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013), implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields. The gender equality operation was co-funded by the Irish Government as part of the European Social Fund Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.