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Athena Swan

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Originally established in the UK in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research, it was extended to Ireland in 2015. That same year, the scope of the Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines, and staff in professional and support roles as well as academics. The Charter is now being used to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. The objective of the Athena Swan Ireland 2021 charter framework is to support higher education institutions, academic departments, and professional units in impactful and sustainable gender equality work and to build capacity for evidence-based equality work across the equality grounds enshrined in Irish legislation.