Time for Human Rights and Equality Budgeting
17 October 2013
Time for Human Rights & Equality Budgeting in Ireland:
An NGO Response to Budget 2014
Co-ordinated by PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) & the Equality Budgeting Campaign
Chaired by Niall Crowley (equality consultant and former Equality Authority CEO), with individual contributions from:
- Stephen Donnelly TD,
- Dr. Liam Thornton (UCD),
- Louise Bayliss (Equality Budgeting Campaign)
- David Perry BL
- & PILA representatives.
The event will bring together more than 40 organisations in an open forum environment to air opinions on human rights and equality approaches to budgetary decision making in the context of the decisions taken for Budget 2014. It will also include academics, politicians and representatives of state bodies.
Attendees will learn more about human rights/equality budgeting in the context of their particular work or areas of interest. It is particularly apt on the International Day of Eradication of Poverty, to discuss the implications of Budget 2014 in terms of the minimum standard needed to live in dignity.
The event will open with an address by the chair, Niall Crowley, followed by speaker interventions. PILA will then present the results from a survey conducted with all attending NGOS that collates their reactions to Budget 2014.
At the end of the debate, it is envisaged that the gathering will issue a civil society statement summarising the discussion, highlighting some of the worst affected groups from Budget 2014 and offering an alternative solution that takes a human rights and equality approach to the budget.
There will be a photo call at 4:15pm and press briefing at 4:30pm. Tea & coffee will be available.
- The Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) is a project of FLAC and is an Irish hub of public interest law. PILA runs a professional pro bono referral scheme and supports NGOs, lawyers, universities and students to help marginalised and disadvantaged people. @PILAireland
- The Equality Budgeting Campaign is a broad-based coalition of trade unions, NGOs and concerned individuals seeking the introduction of Equality Budgeting in Ireland. This is an approach to economic policy-making and planning that places equality at the centre of decisions concerning public expenditure and income through equality audits and impact assessments. @EBCampaign
- FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) is a human rights organisation which exists to promote equal access to justice for all. It offers basic legal information and advice to the public and campaigns on a range of issues including personal debt, fairness in social welfare law, public interest law and civil legal aid. @flacireland
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2