Ireland Chapter of PMI

International Women's Day 2021


International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate women's achievements and raise awareness about women's equality
This year, to mark IWD, the Ireland Chapter of PMI is hosting a panel discussion on the theme "The Way it Was, The Way it Is, The Way it Should be"
Let’s start with why. According to the census of 2016, the population in Ireland is comprised of slightly more women than men (51% female). And yet as a professional body supporting the careers of project managers in Ireland, our membership is approximately 60% male. That disproportion carries through to many areas of Irish life.
The WEF Global Gender Gap report 2020, lists Ireland in the Top 10 – a positive news story. Ranking 7th globally and 14 places ahead of our closest neighbours in the UK, it appears that we have closed 79.8% of the Gender Gap – showing marked improvements over that last four editions of this report. However, the devil is in the detail. Despite progress we still rank 65th globally in terms of wage/ or income parity where a gap of 34% remains. And despite near parity in Educational Attainment, the labour force in Ireland is oddly skewed. Women engage in our labour market “relatively less than in other countries (ranking 65th), and less than men (66.7% of women and 78.9% of men are in the labour force)”. And what’s more, although only half of women in the workforce are employed on a part-time basis, women generally carry the burden of unpaid work, as “an Irish woman tends to spend 2.3 times more than a man on unpaid care and domestic activities”.
We want our panel discussion to celebrate and increase visibility of women's achievements to help forge equality and create an environment of continuous positive change for women
As such, we have invited four women to join our panel who represent a variety of backgrounds and success stories, to share their journey with us. 
Our MC for the panel discussion is Taragh Loughrey Grant, who will guide the panel through their personal experiences and challenges that have brought them to where they are today, and how they see the future for women.