Mullins & Treacy has signed the Law Society’s Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Charter. This demonstrates our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion, mutual respect and equal opportunity, both in our workplace and in the solicitors’ profession.
What we’ve committed to
As signatories of the GEDI Charter, we promise to treat “all individuals and groups of individuals fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, in areas of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, class, disability or membership of the Traveller Community.”
As signatories, we will:
- Recognise the individual needs of those we employ and support them to develop to their full potential.
- Ensure equal access to opportunities for those we employ.
- Ensure our policies, procedures and processes promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Carry out our work without bias, in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner.
- Build awareness and understanding of the benefits of promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Assign responsibility for meeting the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter commitments to our senior staff.
Find out more about the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Charter.
Equal pay day
Our signing of the GEDI Charter coincided with Equal Pay Day, which this year fell on 9 November. According to the WorkEqual campaign, this is the day that women effectively start working for free for the rest of the year due to the gender pay gap.
Founder of the WorkEqual campaign Sonya Lennon said: “While the pay gap is a somewhat blunt tool and it must be remembered that it is a symptom of deeper issues, it is effective in proving that, across the workforce, women persistently earn less than men.”
“Ireland has made progress on gender equality in recent years, but we still have a long way to go,” she added. “The latest index from the European Institute for Gender Equality gives us a score of 72.2 out of 100. It shows gender inequalities in Ireland are most pronounced in the domain of power, where we score only 55.8 points.”
“Our need for effective and affordable public childcare is highlighted starkly in the index findings, which show the gender gap is much wider between women and men in couples with children than in couples without children.”
“The full-time equivalent employment rate for women is only 45 per cent, compared to 61 per cent for men. And the working life of women in Ireland lasts, on average, 34 years – compared with 40 years for men.”
“All of this means women are not yet on an equal footing – economically, socially or politically – with men. This needs to change.”
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