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Written Answers - National Women’s Strategy

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 100.  Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the details of his review of the national women’s strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6550/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The National Women’s Strategy was launched by the previous Government in 2007 as a policy document in relation to the advancement of women in all areas of Irish society for the period 2007-2016. Its three key themes of equalising socio-economic opportunity for women, ensuring the wellbeing of women and engaging women as equal and active citizens largely correspond with the aims of the Programme for Government for National Recovery in fostering gender equality.

Progress on the implementation of the Strategy is monitored by a committee chaired by my colleague, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch. An annual Progress Report is made available on [365]my Department’s website. The Strategy also contains a commitment to periodically undertake an evaluation of the Strategy to assess its effectiveness within the operating environment and in light of changing circumstances.

The first such review of the Strategy is currently ongoing in my Department. It is anticipated that this report will be finalised in Spring 2012 and may be submitted to Government prior to its publication.

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