Gender Quotas

We’ve seen that getting onto the ticket is one of the barriers to women getting into politics. Gender quotas help women get onto the ticket, it’s then up to electorate to decide who will represent them in Dáil Éireann. The gender quota legislation means that a party must run a balanced ticket of at least 30/70 – if they don’t they will  lose half their state funding. This should be a minimum – parties should be aiming for a more evenly balanced ticket.

Amongst the parties, only the Social Democrats ran a majority women slate (55% or 11 of their 21 candidates) and the Green Party (41% or 16 of their 39 candidates are women) ran a relatively balanced ticket. The more established parties were just above the quota.

Here is how the parties did:

 

 

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While #GE2020 has been rightly described as a missed opportunity for gender equality in our political system, three constituencies returned #MoreWomen than men to the 33rd Dáil.

We can do better. We must do better.

Best wishes to all TDs entering the 33rd #Dáil today, with a special mention to the 36 women

Here's a % breakdown of the women TDs by party
@SocDems - 4 (67%)
@sinnfeinireland - 13 (35%)
@pb4p - 1 (33%)
@FineGael - 6 (17%)
@greenparty_ie - 2 (17%)
@fiannafailparty - 5 (13%)

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ICYMI: New women in the Dáil, @neasa_neasa, @HollyLeahCairns, Norma Foley and @PaulineTully2 joined @TodaySOR to talk about life in politics and why it's important to have #MoreWomen represented.

https://t.co/k8rTR5gEAO

We're proud to have either worked with or trained 86% of the women elected to the 33rd Dáil.

But as #GE2020 highlighted, our work is far from done.

We will continue to encourage and support #MoreWomen until we see equal representation in our political system.

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