The Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality will hold its first hearings in Malahide, Co Dublin, this weekend, addressing gender stereotypes tomorrow and the family and the Constitution on Sunday.

Over the coming months, it will also hold weekend hearings addressing the topics of caring, gender equality in the workplace and representation in the public sphere, before concluding on 5 July.

The Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality was established in July last year to bring forward proposals to the Houses of the Oireachtas to advance gender equality.

While it held an inaugural meeting on 25 January, formal hearings begin tomorrow.

It is following in the footsteps of the 2016-2018 Citizens' Assembly, chaired by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, which made recommendations on the Eighth amendment of the Constitution, the ageing population, fixed-term parliaments, referenda and climate change.

Speaking ahead of its first hearings, Chairperson Dr Catherine Day said: "Ireland is building up quite an expertise in how to involve citizens in making recommendations outside of elections to the political level.

"This one is different [to the previous Citizens' Assembly] but having a series of them builds up a body of experience that is maybe unique to Ireland," Dr Day, the former Secretary General of the European Commission said.

"A lot of other countries and organisations are very interested to see how do we do it."

The Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality's 100 members are made up of 99 people selected from the electoral register to be broadly representative of Irish society as reflected in the last census, and its Chairperson.

There are 50 men and 50 women, including Dr Day.

A steering group of three men and three women representing the Citizens' Assembly will meet this evening, however Dr Day said even establishing it speaks to some of the issues the Assembly has been asked to address.

When steering group volunteers were requested, six men initially volunteered and just two women put themselves forward.

"I think there's habitually an issue with confidence with women for putting themselves forward for things like this," Dr Day said.

The first adverts calling for submissions to the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality appeared in some newspapers today, although the process of receiving submissions began during the General Election.

According to the Secretary to the Citizens' Assembly, Dr Mary Clare O'Sullivan, around 20 submissions have so far been received.

Dr Day said it was a good sign that a number of submissions had already been made, given that many will leave it to nearer the 6 March deadline, but she did not expect submissions to reach the levels seen during the Citizens' Assembly public consultation on Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, when in excess of 13,500 submissions were received.

Dr Day said that the issue of gender equality was "less controversial, though no less important".