Gender ARC Public Lecture with Senator Katherine Zappone

The Moore Institute Seminar Room

Date & Time
16th December, 2013 @ 16:00:00

Global Women's Studies is pleased to host a

Gender ARC Public Lecture with

Senator Katherine Zappone

Moving beyond a politics of shame: marriage equality, gender recognition and the new embrace of humanity

Reception to follow - all welcome


Senator Katherine Zappone is one of Ireland's foremost thinkers and legislators on equality issues. She was formerly a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission (2002-2012) and currently serves on the Oireacthas delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). She is also a member of the Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination of PACE and a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children's services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights. This year her private member's bill on Gender Recognition spurred the Government into publishing their own proposals on the issue. She was Chief Executive of the National Women's Council of Ireland, and has taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin. She holds a PhD from Boston College and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School at UCD. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from UCD School of Law. She has co-authored her memoirs with Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, Our Lives Out Loud: In Pursuit of Justice & Equality (Dublin: The O'Brien Press, 2008) which documents their ground-breaking case to have their Canadian marriage recognised in Irish law.