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Press Release: Trócaire CEO takes over Chair of Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence   

Press Release 

For Immediate Release 


Trócaire CEO takes over Chair of Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence  

The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) is delighted to announce the appointment of Caoimhe de Barra, the CEO of overseas development agency Trócaire, as the new Chair of the ICGBV.

Since becoming CEO of Trócaire in October 2018, and in her previous roles, Ms. de Barra has been a staunch advocate for gender equality and the important work on eliminating all forms of violence, especially GBV.

“This is an important moment for the Consortium, as we finalise our next Strategic Plan. I am delighted to be taking over the role of Chair during this exciting time. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Siobhán McGee, CEO of ActionAid Ireland, for all the excellent work she did Chairing the ICGBV for the past 2 years,” said Caoimhe de Barra.

The Consortium is a unique and impactful organisation, made up of Irish development and humanitarian NGOs, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Defence Forces. The ICGBV works to achieve an end to GBV through research, sharing learning, policy analysis, and influence and programme work in countries affected by extreme inequality, conflict and poverty.

As an active member of the ICGBV since its foundation, Trócaire prioritises working on human rights, especially the rights of women and girls. In the organisation’s new Strategic Plan Trócaire has committed to supporting women and girls’ protection, voice and leadership including delivering high quality GBV response and prevention programmes. Last year Trócaire’s work on supporting women reached 278,000 people in fourteen countries.

Under the new Chair’s leadership, the Consortium hopes to continue the work of advancing learning and best practice programming in relation to GBV for all members going forward.

You can find out more about the work of the Consortium here:


Note to Editors: 

The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence is an alliance of Irish human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, Irish Aid and the Irish Defence Forces. The Consortium was formed in 2005 to address the high levels of sexual violence that is perpetrated in international conflict and crisis situations.

Its members are: ActionAid Ireland, Christian Aid Ireland, Concern Worldwide, Irish Defence Forces, GOAL, IFRAH Foundation, Irish Aid, Irish Red Cross, Oxfam Ireland, Plan International Ireland, Self Help Africa, Trócaire and World Vision Ireland.


CSW65 event recording: How GBV impacts the full & equal participation of women and girls

On March 25th, the ICGBV hosted an event for the 65th Commission on the Status of Women. We focused in on how GBV can impact the full and equal participation of women and girls with disabilities.

A recording of the event can be viewed below. A full transcript for the event can be accessed here. YouTube also provides closed captions.

Please note that due to technical difficulties on Zoom, unfortunately the international sign interpretation did not record. Carolyn’s Philippine Sign Language did not record either, however her interpreters John and Joi are viewable in the video and the transcript can be access at the link above or via YouTube.


  • Introduction – Siobhan McGee, Chair ICGBV & CEO ActionAid Ireland
  • Opening remarks – Ambassador Geraldine Bryne Nason, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations
  • Moderation – Mary Keogh, Advocacy Director, CBM Global


  • Carolyn Dagani – President, Philippine Federation of the Deaf
  • Tendai Dondofema – Social Worker, Deaf Zimbabwe Trust
  • Barbra Nyangairi – Executive Director, Deaf Zimbabwe Trust



Disability Inclusion in GBV Programming Brief & Recording of Webinar

The Irish Consortium and CBM Ireland hosted a webinar event to mark the launch a new programme learning brief, ‘Disability Inclusion in GBV Programming’.

This paper can be viewed and downloaded here, or by clicking on the icon of the paper below. The recording is also available, at the bottom of this webpage.

To mark the launch of the paper, the ICGBV & CBM hosted a webinar with experts working to improve the lives of women and girls with disabilities globally. The recording of this event is available below, and the captioning transcript can be viewed here.

*NB: Captions accompanying this webinar will be posted shortly.

  • Opening Remarks: Vicky Dillon, Policy Lead – Gender Equality, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Moderation:  Lou Talbot Beirne, CBM Ireland


  • Sharon Matingwina, Program Manager, Musasa Project
  • Mariam Al-Salahat, MHPSS and Protection Coordinator, World Vision Syria Response
  • Abia Akram, Chair – Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities & CEO – National Forum of Women with Disabilities Pakistan
  • Emma Pearce, Gender & Inclusion Consultant, Women’s Refugee Commission

16 Days of Activism – Event Roundup

16 Days of Activism Event Roundup

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Upcoming webinar & paper launch: Disability inclusion in GBV programming

The Irish Consortium on GBV and CBM Ireland are co-hosting a webinar for the launch of a new programme learning brief entitled “Disability Inclusion in GBV Programming.” This webinar will take place on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV.

This event is open to all, but registration is required here.

We will be joined by several speakers:

Opening Remarks:
– Michelle Winthrop, Policy Director – Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs

– Emma Pierce, Gender & Inclusion Consultant
– Mariam Al-Salahat, MHPSS and Protection Coordinator, World Vision Syria Response
– Precious Taru, Musasa Project Zimbabwe
– Others TBD


10/11/2020 – Women, Peace & Security: A Feminist Agenda

On November 10th, the ICGBV held an online panel discussion on Women, Peace & Security: A Feminist Agenda. The recording is available above.

Following on from the 20th anniversary of the Women, Peace & Security 1325 Security Council resolution, this webinar explored the WPS agenda from a feminist perspective. In the discussion, panelists shared the ways in which they feel that a feminist agenda might more fundamentally reshape the peace and security sphere as we look ahead to future advancements in WPS, and reflect on successes from 20 years of this agenda.

Moderator – Dr. Caitriona Dowd, Assistant Professor in Security Studies at Dublin City University

Opening Remarks – Áine Hearns, Director of the Conflict Resolution Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland


  • Lucía Baca – Coordinator, Peace and Transitional Justice Team, Colombia Diversa
  • Sarah Cotton – Public Affairs and Policy Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Commandant Gillian Collins – Gender Equality and Diversity Advisor, Irish Defence Forces
  • Dr. Zeynep Kaya – Associate Academic, WPS Centre, London School of Economics
  • Hadeel Qazzaz – Regional Gender Justice Coordinator, MENA, Oxfam International

Ensuring girls’ protection: Education free of GBV during COVID-19

On September 30th, 2020 the ICGBV hosted an online Q&A on school-related gender based violence (SRGBV) during COVID-19. Have protection risks changed in the context of the pandemic? What programme adaptations have been necessary? Are there opportunities to ‘build back better’ regarding quality of education and freedom from violence at school? This event followed on from the ICGBV’s learning brief ‘Safe Education for Girls: Tackling School-Related GBV’.

Three panelists informed the discussion:

  • Agnes Kola, Women’s Rights Coordinator, ActionAid Kenya
  • Tien Nguyen, Youth Advisory Committee Member, Plan International Vietnam
  • Amy Folan, Senior Education Advisor, Concern Worldwide

Opening remarks: Siobhán McGee, ICGBV Chair & CEO ActionAid Ireland

Moderated by Brianna Guidorzi, ICGBV Communications and Policy Officer Chat and Abby Ryan, ICGBV Coordinator