Liz O’Donnell engages in a wide variety of charitable works and fundraising as a public figure as well as her expansive portfolio of activities.
A consistent champion for human rights, development and justice issues, particularly the rights of minorities – especially refugees, throughout her time in politics, Liz O’Donnell has maintained a keen involvement and devotion to this cause in her life as a public figure since her retirement from the political arena.
Liz also constantly strives to advance the cause of women in both the private sector and in politics within Ireland and abroad as well as being a passionate advocate of diversity.
Liz is a Director of Chernobyl Children International, an international humanitarian organisation which focuses on the welfare of children in the regions affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Each year she fundraises by hosting “Liz’s Lunch” a corporate fundraising event for CCI.
As an advocate of Diversity, in particular, an increased role for women in politics and business, and a member of the Board Diversity Initiative, Liz is always seeking improvements in achieving gender diversity on boards in Ireland.
She is a supporter of Women for Election which has been established to support and mentor aspiring female politicians. She believes our democracy is unfinished while so few women are elected to the Dáil and supports the legislation recently introduced for gender quotas to compel Irish political parties to ensure at least 30 % of candidates are women. In business she strongly supports targets to improve board representation of women in Ireland on PLCs which currently stands at 9%, while the EU figure is 14%.
International Women’s Forum
Liz is a member of the Dublin Chapter of IWF, a global organisation of senior women from various professions ranging from the arts, politics, law and business who collaborate in leadership.