Women for Election is a not-for-profit and is funded through a mix of philanthropic grants, private donations, government funding and revenue generated through our training programmes.
We are delighted that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government have given a commitment to on-going funding for Women for Election. However, this funding meets less than half our costs and we need to fundraise to ensure we can continue our work to see #MoreWomen elected.
Long-term, sustained funding is essential for Women for Election to deliver on our commitment to political transformation and successfully inspire women to consider politics as a career option. If you want to help us change the face of Irish politics and get more women on the ballot and into Leinster House, donate. No amount is too small.
In 2013, we established our Countess Markievicz Circle, a group of women and men who are committed to supporting Women for Election by:
Women for Election Cousins is our membership scheme aimed at women in Ireland and around the world who want to support our goal of gender parity in Irish politics. Cousins membership for 2020 is a one-off payment of €50 if you are working full-time or €30 if you are unwaged, an OAP or a student. Your membership fee will financially support our organisation in 2020. A Cousin receives early invites to our free events and a beautiful bespoke hand bound notebook from Duffy Bookbinders, a family-run business in Dublin’s Five Lamps district.
Cousins pays tribute to Margaret Cousins, an Irishwoman whose story deserves to be widely told. This Roscommon native was a writer, music teacher, outspoken vegetarian and suffragette. Her political life was one concerned with and devoted to women’s progress. She was a member of the Irish Women’s Suffrage and Local Government Association and founded the Irishwomen’s Franchise League with Hanna Sheehy Skeffington.