Campaigns - sex equality
Annual ConferenceSex discrimination legislation was first introduced in Northern Ireland in 1976. To mark the 30th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination (NI) Order, our annual conference looked at the achievements of the legislation during the past three decades. It also examined the challenges that remain, along with likely future developments in gender equality.
The themes of the conference were mainstreaming sex equality, gender policy, and the full and equal participation of men and women in employment. The day concluded with a panel discussion and open forum that drew all the themes together and focused on what more needs to be done to progress equality between the sexes.
Key speakers included Meg Munn MP, Deputy Minister for Women and Equality and Robin Allen, QC.
Please click here to download a copy of the full report of the conference proceedings. This contains the speeches and presentations made together with a summary of the main points of the panel discussion. The presentations are also available separately in PowerPoint files below.
Conference programme, presentations and speeches from the Commission´s annual conference
Please click on the following links to access the resources.
New Gender Equality Publications
Practical guidance illustrated with examples of actions taken by training providers in Northern Ireland to open up non-traditional opportunities for women and men is also available on request from the Commission or by clicking here.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination legislation we have developed a game for you to play. Why not have a go at Gender Sudoku.
Click here for the solution (and no cheating!!)
Art competitition for post primary schools
The year 2006 marks thirty years of sex discrimination legislation in Northern Ireland. To celebrate this anniversary the Equality Commission had an art competition for post primary pupils in Northern Ireland. The theme of the competition was sex stereotyping in educational choices and careers by both boys and girls. The slogan for this competition is sex stereotyping is so last century! Employment patterns in Northern Ireland remain strongly gender segregated. Men still outnumber women in construction, engineering, technology and science. Women still outnumber men in nursing, teaching and childcare. We hope this competition has stimulated debate on how to break down gender barriers in the 21st century and promote occupational choice for all.
The Competition was open to girls and boys of all ages in all secondary schools in Northern Ireland. The winning entries have been reproduced as posters. The posters are available free of charge by contacting us and can be downloaded as PDFs by clicking here. We would like to thank all the schools and individuals who submitted entries as the judges were impressed by the high standard of work. We would like to also thank the school art teachers for supporting this project.
- List of useful websites - about non traditional work for young people