Diversity and inclusion a priority for IFA

 

This International Women’s Day (IWD), IFA President Joe Healy looks to greater involvement from women at all levels of the association.

The IFA is urging women farmers to get involved in their local Branch or County Executives, by using their skills to strengthen the voice of Irish farmers at all policy levels – local, national and European.

IFA President Joe Healy said that this year’s IWD campaign is a call-to-action for driving gender balance, which marries with the ongoing work in IFA to increase gender diversity and women’s involvement in the leadership of the Association.
“Women play a major role in Irish agriculture. Our National Council has the highest ever female representation with seven members, but we want to see this increase throughout the organisation, to reflect the reality of farm enterprises around the country.”
In 2018, IFA established a dedicated Diversity Committee to look at increasing women’s involvement in the Association. Over 1,000 people inputted their views and the Committee will publish its recommendations in the coming months.
“These are difficult time for Irish agriculture, we need all farmers, male and female, young and old, from all sectors to get involved and protect the long-term sustainability of the sector. Giving of your time to your fellow farmer can be incredibly rewarding, both professionally and personally,” said Mr. Healy. 
IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Caroline Farrell said that significant progress that has been made with the increased number of women on National Council, but stressed that it is essential that women’s representation continues to grow at all levels within the Association.