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International Women’s Day 2019: What’s On Around Ireland

The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter – a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

On March 8th last year, the women and men of Ireland marched to repeal the eighth amendment. What can we achieve when we work together in 2019?

Here’s a selection of the many events marking International Women’s Day 2019 around Ireland.


Dublin Chamber of Commerce


Dublin Chamber, in partnership with the Local Enterprise Offices will bring over 200 of Ireland’s most successful business leaders and female entrepreneurs together for an evening of networking and learning.

Guest speakers will discuss their careers, challenges they have overcome and offer advice to fellow business leaders. Keynote Address by Adrienne Gormley, Vice President of Global Customer Experience & Head of EMEA @ Dropbox

Where & When: The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay Lower, Wed, 6th March.


Dublin Bus to Belfast: Abortion Rights Campaign

What: “This year for International Women’s Day we want to reciprocate the incredible support that those in Northern Ireland showed to us during the campaign to repeal the 8th. What better way than to speak with your feet and join us in Belfast to call for a change in the abortion laws in Northern Ireland.”

Where & When: Bus will depart Eden Quay at 8am on Sat, 9th March


Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission

What: To mark IWD 19, AkiDwA will launch their strategic plan 2019 – 2021 and hold a seminar to support migrant candidates for local elections.

Where & When: Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, Green St., Dublin 7, Tue, 12th March


Women On Air

What: “Join us for an evening to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, with special insights from main speaker Martina Fitzgerald, best-selling author and political journalist. We’ll also hear from Peaches Kemp, Women On Air training participant and Co-Founder & Director of Itsa… Ltd.”

“Attendees will have the opportunity to network with former Women On Air participants, producers, media contacts and like-minded individuals.”

Where & When: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8, Wed, 6th March.


Gender Based Budgeting @ Ballyfermot Library

What: “What impact do fiscal measures have on gender equality? Do they reduce gender inequality, increase it, or leave it unchanged? As the nature of government expenditure, local and nationally, continues to change there are opportunities to influence how public expenditure affects women and girls.”

“Our guest speaker is Camille Loftus, socio-economic consultant with a particular interest in the areas of poverty and inequality, particularly gender inequality, and income redistribution via the tax and welfare systems.

Where & When: Ballyfermot Library, Wed, March 6th.


JCI Dublin

What: “We have assembled a panel of women from many walks of life, some employed and some business owners. With a wide range of experience in both home life and career, our panel (including Jennifer Swaine and Noreen Doyle) are on hand to discuss everything from health and wellness, overcoming adversity to running successful businesses and managing a happy, healthy family life.”

Where & When: AIB, Grafton St., Thurs, 7th March


NCCWN Dublin Region

What: Keynote address from Ailbhe Smyth plus mindfulness, laughter yoga, art sessions and lunch.

Where & When: Aras Chronain, Watery Lane, Dublin 22, Thurs 7th March.



Republic of Work

What: “Join us to hear from an array of speakers from a variety of backgrounds will provide an insight to their working world and how they contribute to society. Speakers include Linda Goggin James, Sarah Dineen of Amplify Digital, and Dr. Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray of Change by Degrees, a local organisation who’s mission is to change the conversation on sustainability, empower people to make different choices and enable all actors in society to play their part.

Where & When: Republic of Work, South Mall, Cork, Fri, 8th March


Bank of Ireland Work Bench, Cork City

What: “This event will feature a diverse range of speakers sharing personal and professional insights on the road to gender equality, and will provide opportunity for attendees to network and commit to playing our role in enabling gender equality.” Guest Speakers include: Joy Neville (Irish Rugby Union Referee).

Where & When: Bank of Ireland Workbench, Saint Patrick’s Street, Cork, Wed, 6th March.



Network Ireland

What: “Join us in the fabulous Thomond Suite in the home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park Stadium on Friday 8th March to celebrate women in business and the importance of building resilience. Speakers include Gerry Hussey Performance Psychology Consultant & Motivational Speaker and Fiona Steed Group Lead Allied Health UL Hospitals.”

Where & When: Thomand Park Stadium, Limerick, Fri, 8th March.



NUI Galway

What: NUI Galway will host a full week of events covering topics such as ‘Queer Women in Higher Education’, ‘Women on Supreme Courts’ and ‘Women in Innovation: Changing Perceptions and Inspiring Growth in Medtech’.

On Thursday 8th, Sonya Lennon will address up to 200 students on ‘First Steps to Success – Owning your Worth and Planning the Game Strategy.

Where & When: Week long event, see here for further details.



NCCWN – Donegal Women’s Network

What: In association with 50:50 North West, a discussion on equal political representation with female councillors and candidates about their experience of politics and local government.

Where & When: Letterkenny Central Library, Thurs, 7th March.



Roscommon Women’s Network

What: Launch of the Roscommon Women’s network strategic plan 2019 – 2024. Guest speakers include Ruth Scott and Marian Harkin.

Where & When: RWN Centre, Castlerea, Fri, 8th March.



NCCWN: Waterford Women’s Network

What: Events taking place from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th including a photographic exhibition of Women at Work 1860 – 1900’s, and a Women’s History Walk of Waterford.

Where & When: week long series of events, see here for further details.


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