Inaugural Women In Agriculture Conference To Be Held In Laois

The conference will take place on the 1st of February.

The inaugural National Conference of Women in Agriculture will be held in Laois.

The conference will be chaired by former Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan, and will highlight the important role women play in the agri-sector.

Central Statistics Office figures show there are over 75,000 female farm workers in Ireland, and account for 13% of all farm holders in the country.

The first National Dialogue of Women in Agriculture will be held in Portlaoise on Wednesday, February 1st.

Commenting at the launch, Offaly Senator Pippa Hackett says:

"I am delighted to say this National Conference is coming to Laois on the 1st of February. Of course, that is St Bridget’s Day, herself a great champion of women, and I can’t think of a better day to ignite a cultural shift towards increased visibility and status of women in agriculture.

Gender equality is central to policy, including the new CAP Strategic Plan and Food Vision 2030; now we need to see the shift on the ground. I am delighted that as a woman, a farmer and a Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, I am playing my role in bringing this national conversation to Laois."

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