Goals

Goal 1: Leadership

By 2019 we will be recognised as an authoritative organisation driving and enabling excellence in human rights and equality. We will be seen as an organisation with a strong values-based culture aligned to an ambitious and courageous approach to human rights and equality.

To deliver on this goal we will have in place:

  • A proactive and challenging approach, supporting excellence in the protection of human rights and equality in Ireland;
  • A strong, authoritative reputation as influencers of real change creating a deeper culture of human rights and equality.

Goal 2: Pro-active implantation of our legal powers, in particular public duty

By 2019 there will be a measurable change in the practice of key duty bearers due to their awareness of equality and human rights law and best practice.

We will:

  • Proactively implement our legal and regulatory powers;
  • Effectively monitor equality and human rights compliance in employment and service delivery;
  • Ensure robust implementation of human rights and equality standards–in particular CRPD, OPCAT
  • Ensure that duty bearers are measurably more aware of their obligations to rights holders and more effectively held to account;
  • Employ a strategic approach to use of data analytics and research that drives and supports effective decision-making on issues of human rights and equality.

Goal 3: Promoting understanding of the indivisibility of equality and human rights

By 2019 the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will have advanced and built support for a holistic view of human rights with a particular focus on socio-economic rights.

We will deliver:

  • A strategy which will engage with and impact on major human rights and equality issues;
  • An active evidence-based research strategy that improves and enhances decision making on issues of human rights and equality;
  • Human rights and equality proofing of key legislation and budgetary processes;
  • Enhanced support for expanded protection measures for socio-economic rights.

Goal 4: Making equality and human rights real

By 2019 the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will have achieved strategic progress in critical areas of human rights and equality by fighting discrimination and vindicating rights, especially those of the least advantaged.

We will achieve this by:

  • Being proactive in providing support to people and vindicating their rights;
  • Promoting best practice and highest standards of human rights and equality education;
  • Having a strong collaboration with workers and employer groups to drive equality and human rights;
  • Having in place effective working partnerships that empower civil society to advance human rights and equality;
  • Promoting the creation of an environment of respect for human rights and equality in Ireland through efficient implementation and monitoring of human rights and equality standards.

Goal 5: Intercultural understanding and diversity

To promote and contribute to effective, positive intercultural relations in Ireland.

By 2019 the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will, through a series of positive interventions, have enhanced public recognition of diversity and intercultural relationships as a positive factor in Irish life.

We will achieve this by:

  • Delivering and articulating an understanding of interculturalism based on human rights and equality;
  • Active engagement with different groups in society;
  • Promoting good practice in interculturalism, including by promoting intercultural and inter-faith dialogue;
  • Opposing racism and related forms of intolerance;
  • Promoting pluralism and acceptance of differences, encouraging a culture of respect for freedom and dignity and understanding of human rights and equality in the State.