The National Women's Coundl of Ireland,
Comhairle Naisiunta na m Ban, a nongovernmental
organisation, is the national
representative organisation for women and women's
groups In Ireland.
The National Women's Council of Ireland was founded in
1973 as the Council for the Status of Women. Its
foundation was preceded by the formation of an ad hoc
network of women's organisations which had successfully
lobbied for the establishment of a national Commission
on the Status of Women in 1970.
The Commission, appointed by Government, reviewed
the position of women in Ireland and made
recommendations on action needed to achieve women's
rights. Following the publication of the Commission's
report in 1972, the Council for the Status of Women was
set up, by the members of the ad hoc network, to monitor
the implementation of the report, and to act as a coordinating
body for women's organisations in Ireland.
Over two decades, the role of the Council has expanded
and changed. Maintaining its role as a non-governmental
organisation, it has addressed many complex and
sometimes controversial issues affecting women. In 1995
the Council completed an internal review which led to the
adoption of a strategic plan, new organisational
structures and a new name - the National Women's
Council of Ireland.
Today the National Women's Council of Ireland, a
company limited by guarantee, works to achieve change
through a range of actions and activity, maintaining its
independent voice and a commitment to inclusiveness
reflecting its broad membership.