The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund is a €1.8 million fund over three years created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund is the first fund in Ireland to support charities and social enterprises that seek to enhance the economic mobility of women and is designed specifically to equip these organisations to expand their business acumen, drive growth and deepen their impact across Ireland. Over the next three years, the Fund aims to empower 1,000 women to secure employment, enhancing the economic mobility of women across Ireland.
On October 3rd, we announced the Six Awardees of our Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund. Each Awardee supports and empowers women to progress their education or progress into new or more sustainable employment.
Dress for Success Dublin
Dress for Success Dublin was founded by Sonya Lenno in 2011. Based on an international model, their founding principle in Ireland was to promote the economic independence of women, by delivering a pincer movement: supporting individual women to enter the workforce with confidence, while initiating a national discussion on barriers to economic equality for women. The services on offer include their suiting service, work wardrobe, career advice service and their developmental programmes including mentoring, returnships and financial education. Since opening their doors, they have reached 2700 individual women.
Integration from Day One
Integration from Day One created by Irish Refugee Council is a project that addresses the main barriers and challenges that refugee women face in developing and maintaining skills while in the asylum process, or seeking employment once eligible to work, through a tailored package of support and training. Recognising the importance of early integration, the project is unique in that it supports women at all stages of the asylum process, as well as those with refugee status, by delivering employment-related and personal development training, incorporating new technological solutions, and connecting women with local supporting partners and employers.