On the 17th of December, GCCN hosted  Implementing the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in Galway City.

This event outlined how civil society groups and those with lived experience of discrimination, inequality and a denial of human rights are best placed to use their expertise as rights holders to support the implementation of the Public Sector Duty.

On this occasion, a video showcasing the work of the Galway City Civil Society Panel as part of the Equality and Rights in Action Galway Project was launched by Sinéad Gibney, the Chief Commissioner of IHREC, who also launched a community resource on implementing the Duty entitled A Grass Roots Approach to the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty: A Resource from Experience.

The Public Sector Duty is a legal obligation on all Public Bodies to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and treatment for their staff and service users, and protect the human rights of their employees, customers, service users.

This initiative is undertaken by GCCN and Galway City Partnership and supported by Galway City Council and represents an important step in providing support to civil society in their work for a fairer, more just society.