Recognising Financial Abuse with Women's Aid & the BPFI

Event Details

Free


Date and Time

Thu, 21 April 2022

12:00 - 13:00


Location

Online via Zoom- accessible through IOB Learn

Event Details

Free


Date and Time

Thu, 21 April 2022

12:00 - 13:00


Location

Online via Zoom- accessible through IOB Learn

Event details
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In support of International Women’s Day, IOB welcomes experts from both Women's Aid and the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) to discuss the signs and impacts of the financial abuse of women and promote awareness on this widespread issue for those working in the industry.

New research from the BPFI found that “over 20% of women aged 18-34 do not have control over their finances and are more likely to rely on others for help with their money or report difficulties in managing their finances”. Recently BPFI member banks AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank, Ulster Bank and Permanent TSB, published the BPFI Principles on Financial Abuse which aim to help customers who may be subject to coercive control to keep control of their money.

Join us on April 21st at 12pm to get involved in the discussion and learn more about the work than can be done to further safeguard vulnerable customers from Financial Abuse.

The event will be held over Zoom. Please ensure you have access to Zoom in advance of the event taking place. Zoom is available on all PCs, laptops, tablets and Apple or Android devices.

The link to join the event will only be available in IOB Learn. The registration for the event will close once we reach capacity or 30 minutes before the event.

There are 1 CPD hours for this event for the following designations:

  • QFA

  • APA

  • Grandfathered Member

  • Registered Stockbroker

  • LCOI

Ruth O’Dea

Training & Development Manager, Women’s Aid,

Ruth O’Dea, Training & Development Manager in Women’s Aid, has worked on issues of social justice, human rights and equality for over 20 years. Ruth is a graduate of the Masters in Equality Studies programme at UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

Her work with Women’s Aid includes overseeing the development and delivery of training programmes on best practice responses to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. Women’s Aid train frontline staff whose work may bring them into contact with women subjected to abuse and also employers who wish to support staff in their workplace who are victims/survivors of abuse.

Ruth O’Dea

Louise O'Mahony

Head of Sustainable Banking BPFI,

Louise O'Mahony is Head of Sustainable Banking at Banking & Payments Federation Ireland, driving out the sustainable banking agenda with BPFI members and stakeholders. Sustainable Banking includes the integration of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into banking and sector best practice approach to safeguarding customers in vulnerable circumstances.

Louise also runs the BPFI Vulnerable Customer Forum, which guides the sector’s approach to customers in need of additional support. Key initiatives include the Code of Practice for Financial Abuse, Guide to Opening a Bank Account (for International Protection Applicants), and the BPFI Guide to Safeguarding your Money Now and in the Future. The Forum’s approach is informed by interaction with experts on customers at risk, including the HSE, MABS and Safeguarding Ireland.

Louise is also a Board member of Safeguarding Ireland, which promotes safeguarding of vulnerable adults to protect them from all forums of abuse. She is also a member of the Sustainable Finance WG at the European Banking Federation, SF Skillnet Committee and chairs several internal BPFI working groups.

Louise O'Mahony

Mary O'Dea

Chief Executive of IOB

Mary joined IOB in April 2018 from the Central Bank of Ireland where she was Director of Securities and Markets Supervision. She was previously Ireland's representative at the World Bank and prior to that held the role of Alternate Executive Director representing Ireland with the International Monetary Fund. Mary previously held several director roles with the Central Bank of Ireland, including Director of Financial Operations, Consumer Director and Acting Chief Executive of the Financial Regulator.

Mary O'Dea