Women less likely to own family farms – CSO

Women are less likely to own family farms according to a report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today (Tuesday, November 24).

The report – ‘Ireland’s UN SDGs 2019 – Report on Indicators for Goal 5 Gender Equality’ – is the fifth in a series of CSO publications which will monitor how Ireland is progressing towards meeting its targets under the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Previous reports published in the series were ‘Goal 1 No Poverty’; ‘Goal 2 Zero Hunger’; ‘Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being’; and ‘Goal 4 Quality Education’.

Analysing the data

Commenting on the publication, senior statistician Kevin McCormack said: “‘Goal 5 Gender Equality’ reports data for Ireland in 14 indicators divided into three main chapters: End Discrimination & Violence; Equality; and Empowerment.”

As part of the analysis data is divided in categories such as gender; age group; vulnerable groups; and geographical location, where possible.

McCormack added: “The SDGs and their associated indicators are, by design, wide-ranging in their coverage. As a result, the Irish data needs to be provided from a number of sources in addition to government departments; official organisations; and international organisations such as the UN.”

The 17 UN SDGs are a set of global development targets adopted by the UN member countries in September 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

They address global challenges including those related to poverty; inequality; climate change; environmental degradation; peace; and justice.

The CSO has a central role in the identification; management; and presentation of the data needed to meet the requirements of the UN SDG indicators.

Data on women

Men significantly outnumbered women as the holders of family farms in 2016, with 88.3% male ownership compared with 11.7% female ownership. This compares with 10.7% female ownership in 2002.

Source: CSO Ireland

Violence (physical and/or sexual) by a current and/or previous partner since age 15 was experienced by 15% of women in Ireland according to a report in 2012 by the Fundamental Rights Agency, which compares to the EU figure of 22%.

The figure for non-partner violence experienced by women was 19%.

There were 13 women under the age of 18 married in 2019, down from 36 women in 2018. There were 1.2 marriages per one thousand females among 16 to 19 year olds in 2019.

Women held just under a quarter (23.8%) of seats in local elections in 2019. Representation by women at local government level in 2019 was highest in the Dublin region, with 38% of seats there held by women, compared with the south-east region, which had the lowest representation at 13%.

Women comprised 45.7% of the workforce, however the proportion of men in managerial occupations was 65.6% compared to 34.4% of women in the second quarter of 2020.