“Only three” I hear you cry! Yes we often read about the top 10 things we should do to change our lives, or the top 5 changes we can make to be more successful. Well Women for Election understand that you are busy and we aren’t going to be that demanding!

We have 3 suggestions that you can easily integrate to your lives that will ensure you are participating in our political structures and having a greater impact.

1. SUPPORT THOSE YOU SUPPORT
There may be someone that you support in your area, and if so then support them! Now it might be as simple as sending them an email to say “Good Job” for something that they have done that has impacted your life, but it could be more. We completely understand that women’s lives tend to be very busy, but perhaps you have an evening or 2 every month to help them out practically such as canvassing or organising. Not only will you find new avenues to express your opinions and thoughts but you might find a new social outlet.

2. VISIT YOUR COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Your local county council will have regular meetings, dates and details of which you can get from their website or office. While in many cases these meetings are streamed via the web and you can see what is being discussed, there is also the option of sitting in the public gallery for meetings that are open to the public. It might be a novel “girl’s night out” but what better way to find out how you are being represented in your local area than visiting and seeing things in action. You can always go for a “cosmo” with the girls afterwards☺.

3. JOIN AN ORGANISATION
Depending on your level of interest and available time it might be worth considering joining a political party or a team of an independent. What better way to have your thoughts and opinions represented that actually interacting directly with those that are elected to represent us? It is worth noting that many of the local branches of political parties may have a women’s group, and you may be pointed in this direction. However, Women for Election ask why not participate in the main group – after all that is probably where the decisions are made and that is what you want to influence after all!

Now, Women for Election agrees that party politics is not for everyone, but perhaps there is an independent candidate in your area that you feel better represents your values. If so, then let us go back to point

We hope that these 3 simple suggestions might spur you onwards to get more involved, and after all you may be surprised where this might lead you. Perhaps you will discover that you too can impact your community and bring positive change and maybe in a short while Women for Election will be saying to you “Get on the ticket”!

Should you need help with finding out information regarding your local County Council or representatives, don’t hesitate to contact hello@womenforelection.ie and we will help out where we can.

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