RIYC will celebrate International Women’s Day with a talk by Dr. Catherine Day former Secretary General of the European Commission and Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality.
Dr. Day was the first woman to hold the post of Secretary General of the European Commission and more latterly was special adviser to Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission. She will take us through her extraordinary career and will discuss the role and the impact  of the EU on women in society. 
Attendance at the lecture is free to all RIYC members (male and female) and their guests. It will take place in the Drawing Room and will be followed by dinner in the Dining Room. 
Date:  Thursday 5th March
1900 hrs: Complimentary Drinks Reception 
1930 hrs:  Lecture   
2030 hrs: Dinner will be served
Dinner Price €30 per person, Members table available for individual bookings


About Catherine Day:
Catherine Day is the Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality. She is a former Secretary General of the European Commission, a post she held from 2005 to 2015 and the first woman to hold this post. Prior to  her appointment as Secretary General  she was Director General for Environment.  She worked in the external relations department of the European Commission as deputy Director General, reporting to Chris Patten. She worked on the future enlargement of the EU in the 1990s and was one of the architects of the pre-accession process for the countries of central and eastern Europe.  Catherine worked in the Cabinets of Commissioners Richard Burke, Peter Sutherland and Leon Brittan and joined the European Commission in 1979.
She has a B.A in economics and politics and an M.A. in international trade from UCD. She holds honorary doctorates from UCD and University of Limerick.
Catherine now chairs the Governing Body of University College Cork and  the Board of Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library. She is on the board of the European Movement Ireland,  the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin and the Irish Times Trust. She was a special adviser to the former President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker until 1 December 2019. She was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2016. In 2017/2018, at the request of the Minister for Health, she chaired an independent review group to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and personal social services in Ireland.