Funding for Gender Equality and Migrant Integration

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Grants totalling  €13  million  to promote gender equality and to help the integration of  migrants were announced on the 25th Jan by Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality and Mr. David Stanton, T.D.,  Minister  of  State  at  the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Integration, Immigration and Equality.

A  total of 43 projects will be delivered in the coming four year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally  based  community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals.

The gender equality projects will  support women’s entrepreneurship and participation  in  the  workforce through a range of training and mentoring initiatives.

Examples of the gender equality projects selected for funding include:

  • A  Dublin-based  project  to  assist women who are lone parents onto pathways to sustainable employment.
  • A  project  in  counties  Galway  and  Mayo  to provide training and mentoring to women who wish to start their own business.
  • A project in counties Cavan and Monaghan to give job skills training and work placement opportunities to women who are outside the workforce.The migrant integration projects will provide a range of practical supports directly  to  migrants,  including  English  language classes and workplace training.  Anti-racism and cultural diversity initiatives will also receive funding.

 

Examples of the migrant integration projects selected for funding include:

Announcing the gender equality funding, the Tánaiste said: “There  is  still  some  way  to  go  to  achieving  gender equality in the workplace.  Women continue to have lower overall levels of participation in the  workforce,  are  paid  less  and have less access to senior positions. Women are also less likely to own or manage their own businesses. The  funding  I  have  announced  will directly support disadvantaged women  to  access the labour market. It will also help more women to become successful entrepreneurs.”

  • A  nationwide project to support community integration through local level football leagues.
  • A  project  in  Cork  to provide information and support services to vulnerable migrants.
  • A  Dublin-based  project  to  assist  long-term  residents of Direct Provision  Centres  to  make  a  successful transition to life in the community.
  • A  Kilkenny  project  to  provide local work skills training and job placements to migrants who are experiencing barriers to participating in the workforce.

“Twenty  projects  will  be  funded  across the country to help support the integration  of  our  new  communities,  while a further five projects will focus  specifically  on  boosting  migrant employability. These grants will bolster  the  good  work  being  carried  out  every day by local community organisations and national NGOs in support of migrant integration.”

 

By | 2017-05-25T10:37:09+00:00 January 31st, 2017|General News|