• Councillor Deirdre Forde says funds will subsidise training for 300 women running for election

Ballincollig-Carrigaline Councillor Deirdre Forde today welcomed Women for Election’s plan to raise €50,000 in an innovative crowdfunding campaign. The funds will be used to subsidise training for about 300 women running for election.

Forde, who took part in a Women for Election training programme, said that Women for Election has a strong track record of providing practical support to inspire, equip and inform women entering politics.

Of the 194 women who secured seats in the 2014 local elections, 50 per cent were trained on Women for Election programmes, while in the 2016 General Election, 40 per cent of the newly elected women TDs had been through the programmes.

Thirty-five women were elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil, an all-time high. Yet, women still account for just 22 per cent of TDs and 30 per cent of senators.

“It is never too early to prepare for the next election. Women need to get ready to run in the local elections in 2019 and in the next general election. With the help of the training provided by Women for Election, I look forward to seeing even more women represented politically at local and national level,’’ Cllr. Forde said.

Forde added: “My participation in Women for Election showed me that women from all walks of life are needed in politics to enrich and balance decision making and policy. #YouCANdoit”

Women for Election founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating said:
“We have come a long way in the five years since we established Women for Election. But building lasting equality in Irish politics will take time. We are now taking the next steps by laying the groundwork for the next phase of our work.

“Our experience is that people really want to see more gender equality in Irish politics. This crowdfunding campaign gives everyone the opportunity to help achieve that by contributing to the work Women for Election does inspiring and supporting women to take the first step and make a difference in politics.”
Anybody who would like to support the campaign can opt for a number of donation options, offering a range of campaign perks. Full details at womenforelection.ie/donate.

About Women for Election
Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation that aims to inspire, equip and inform women to succeed in politics. The organisation was founded in 2012 by Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating. Women for Election provides practical supports for women entering politics. The programmes aim to tackle the Five C’s that hold women back from participating in public life – Confidence, Cash, Childcare, Candidate Selection and Culture. For further information about Women for Election, see womenforelectin.ie.

About Councillor Deirdre Forde
Deirdre Forde is a Fine Gael councillor on Cork County Council representing the Ballincollig-Carrigaline area. She was originally elected a Fianna Fail Councillor in 1999, but subsequently ran for Fine Gael.

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