An initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
Young women and men can feel just as strongly about gender inequality as anyone else but their voices are often not listened to. The Y Factor project was set up on the basis that gender inequality affects females and males at all stages in their lives and at all levels – from family life to global relations. The National Women’s Council recognises that young people do have a voice, they do have something to say and that their experiences and views as women and men need to be heard. Young people are the leaders in building our future society – the Y Factor has been set up to empower and support them to have their voices heard in the continuing movement for equality.
In spite of much progress in women’s equality over the last century, there are still many areas in life where women do not get the same opportunities or positive life experiences, such as:
Inequality between women and men can be so deeply rooted in every part of our society that we sometimes can’t even see it for what it is. But many young women and men can see it and they are fed up with having to settle for a society that is not fully equal. They experience the injustices; they reject sexism and they want to keep trying to make it better. For everyone. They see the possibilities for women and men to recognise, respect and live together as equals.