Women & Girls

Women & Girls

How we have supported Women and Girls so far

Research shows that when women and girls prosper, entire communities in Ireland succeed. That is why we created a dedicated long term thematic fund called The Women’s Fund for Ireland. Current priorities are the prevention of violence against women and the empowerment of women to take leadership roles in communities.

The flagship grantee of this fund is SAFE Ireland, the national social change agency working on domestic violence in Ireland. Our generous donors have given almost €350,000 to support SAFE Ireland in its work. Other grantees include local women’s refugees and rape crisis centres in almost every county in Ireland.

In addition, the fund has significantly supported the work of Women for Election, who’s aim is to inspire and equip women to succeed in Irish politics.

However, there is much more to be done to progress the rights of women and girls in this country. We want a thriving society where women are nurtured, empowered and equal. We need a country whose institutions platform women, and reflect a positive role model to girls.

"The Community Foundation for Ireland grant has enabled SAFE Ireland to lobby for the inclusion of actions to address Domestic Violence in the new Programme for Government including housing, adverse childhood experiences, impact on future health and social outcomes, legal reform and much more. This grant was essential to move the agenda forward on Domestic Violence in Ireland."

SAFE Ireland

Women and Girls in Ireland

SAFE Ireland’s latest research on domestic violence in this country makes for shocking reading:

  • 1 in every 2 female homicide victims in Ireland has been murdered by a current or former intimate partner.
  • 1 in 3 women in Ireland have experienced some form of Psychological Violence (including controlling behaviour) and 1 in 4 women Physical or Sexual Violence by a current or former male partner at some point in their life since the age of 15.
  • On an annual basis 9,500 women and 3,000 children receive support or accommodation from a domestic violence service in Ireland.
  • Domestic violence is a largely unprosecuted, under reported and undocumented crime in Ireland. 79% of victims in Ireland have never disclosed to anyone about serious physical or sexual violence by a partner.


When it comes to empowerment of women, the statistics from Women in Election are also stark:

  • Since the foundation of the State in 1918, just 114 women have been elected in the Republic of Ireland; our Dáil has never been less than 78% male.
  • While accounting for 52% of the population, women make up just 16% of elected representatives.
  • In the 2016 General Election just 163 of the 551 candidates were women.
  • Ireland sits in 88th place out of 190 countries for female representation.

How you can help

From our work with key players in this area, we have some concrete examples of how we can progress solutions on domestic violence and empowering women. One immediate need is support for SAFE Ireland’s Global Summit in 2018. This will help drive the agenda on eradicating the culture and impact of domestic violence in Ireland.

When it comes to women in government, in 2016, 30% of general election candidates were women, up from 15% in 2011. With concentrated efforts this figure can be further raised in the next election.

When you support the Women’s Fund, you are joining a community of everyday philanthropists committed to improving the lives of women and girls in Ireland. Visit our Giving section to find out more. You can also support this Thematic Fund by leaving a gift in your will. The choice is yours.

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