The inaugural Women On Air conference is under way at Dublin Castle today.

The event was set up to promote greater representation of expert women's voices in the media.

Over 200 leading experts in the areas of media, technology, politics, and the law are attending the conference, which was opened by Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

The main discussion is around who is shaping the public's view of the world and whether greater gender diversity is needed on radio, TV, online and in print media.

Speakers include founder and CEO of the US-based Op Ed Project Katie Orenstein, Guardian Multimedia Editor, Investigations Maggie O'Kane and Women For Election founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O'Donnell Keating.

A host of leading Irish journalists and broadcasters are also attending, including Aine Lawlor, Ursula Halligan, Audrey Carville, Sam Smyth, Una Mullally and Ann O'Dea.