Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins and Executive Director Anne Gaspard met with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Chief Commissioner Emily Logan and her team while in Dublin on 17 October last.
This was an excellent opportunity to hear about the recent developments within the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), following the merger of the Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority in November 2014. Earlier this year, the IHREC has released their strategy statement for 2016-2018 and the meeting in Dublin allowed for a very fruitful exchange and update on respective strategic priorities and work plans ahead.
After hearing about the IHREC’s upcoming priorities, Evelyn and Anne had the opportunity to highlight some of Equinet’s plans for 2017 that could be of particular interest to the IHREC such as Equinet training on strategic litigation and various thematic Working Groups, Equinet Cluster on Research and Project on violence against women, or indeed the conference on positive duties, amongst others.
In attendance at the meeting were the following IHREC representatives:
The previous week, Jessica Machacova (Equinet Membership and Policy Officer) and Sarah Cooke O’Dowd (Equinet Communication Officer) also held a visit to IHREC in Dublin and met with Brian Dawson (Communications Manager), and Walter Jayawardene and Cathal Kelly (Policy & Engagement) to update them on plans and progress of Equinet Working Groups and discuss other areas of interest within Equinet’s 2017 work plan.