Awarded Fund

Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Empowerment Fund 2023-2026

In partnership with:
Pictured at the awards announcement of the $1 million 'Mná na hÉireann Fund' are (back row L-R) Marina Cunningham, Manager, Meath Travellers Workshops; Laura McDonagh, Community Development Worker, Meath Travellers Workshops; Peter Grier, Training Project Manager, JobCare; Helena Goss, Volunteer & Partnerships Leader, JobCare (front row L-R) Riona Feerick, Project Lead, EQUAL Ireland; Caroline O'Shaughnessy, Project Lead, EQUAL Ireland; Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Rethink Ireland; Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD; Ursula Mapley, Chief Operating Officer, Bank of America Europe DAC., Dr. Naomi Masheti, Programme Coordinator, Saoirse Ethnic Hands on Deck; and Valerie Maher, Programmes & Information Manager, One Family. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Empowerment Fund 2023 – 2026 is a $1 million, three-year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Building on the success of the previous Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund 2019 – 2022,  the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Empowerment Fund aims to support women facing intersecting forms of disadvantage into sustainable employment and educational pathways. The Fund will be focused on achieving deep and transformative impact by supporting women experiencing intersectionality – multiple forms of disadvantage and discrimination – who are the furthest from the labour market and will benefit from intensive wraparound support to enable them to transition into employment or education.


EQUAL Ireland

EQUAL Ireland is a not-for-profit charitable trust formed in 2001 by a collaboration involving IBEC, SIPTU, FAS and Lionra, a higher education network. Equal Ireland brings adult-friendly, 3rd level education to people who previously missed the opportunity to gain a degree or higher level of study.


Jobcare has been working in Dublin’s inner city assisting those struggling with the effects of long-term unemployment since 1994. They have developed a set of services relevant to the particular needs of certain groups of jobseekers or individuals who have never known how work can facilitate a balanced life. They also develop solutions to assist those with sound qualifications and experience but who are encountering difficulties in a competitive jobs market.

Meath Travellers' Workshops

Meath Travellers’ Workshops is a Traveller led organisation which operates as a partnership of Travellers and Settled people working together to improve and enhance the social and economic lives of the Travelling Community in County Meath and beyond. Their programmes focus on Traveller history and heritage, personal development and building self-esteem, employability, culture and identity, positive mental and physical health and wellbeing. They are based in Navan, County Meath and have been in operation for more than four decades.

One Family

One Family is a specialist service provider to people living in one-parent families. They work to capture familial experiences as well as service practices into policy positions so they can deliver improvements for the families they represent at a national level. This focus on improving the lives of one-parent families is fundamental to their work.

Saoirse - Ethnic Hands on Deck

Saoirse – Ethnic Hands on Deck is a social enterprise founded by migrant women living in direct provision and local communities across County Cork. Their mission is rooted in responsible skills utilisation and community support. Through Saoirse, they harness the potential of migrant women, channelling their creativity and determination to establish a sustainable economic enterprise.