Happy New Year.
I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well in these challenging times.
I am delighted to be leading Women for Election into an exciting New Year as we celebrate 10 years since the idea to inform, inspire and equip #MoreWomen into politics was first developed by our co-founders Michelle and Niamh.
2020, despite its challenges, created the opportunity through online learning for hundreds more of you to engage in our high caliber training programmes and events. I’m delighted to let you know that 2021 promises a lot more learning opportunities.
Our sights are focused firmly on changing the dial and realising 50/50 representation in Irish politics. The time for campaigning for the next election cycles is now. Our programme of work for 2021 will continue to inform, inspire and equip women in communities across Ireland to be prepared to run when the elections are announced. We will also be working collaboratively to change culture and reduce the barriers to women entering and succeeding in politics. Maternity leave for elected politicians being one of many pressing examples of where change is needed.
We are starting off on Tuesday the 2nd of February with a free session on Leadership with Margret E. Ward. This session will be a great kickstart for anyone who has any interest in potentially running for political life or supporting someone who is. We will be running our very successful Inspire Campaign School later in February.
Building on the success of our ‘In Conversation with …’ series we are lining up some very important and interesting discussions with leaders across the political spectrum. Please keep a watch out for announcements in the coming weeks. We are delighted to be hosting In Conversation with …Holly Cairns TD on February 22nd at 6.30pm. She will be speaking to Irish Times Political Correspondent, Jennifer Bray.
I hope you find lots to spark your interest in our Spring programme, please also feel free to share with anyone who you think might be interested.
Also you can let us know if there is any specific training you would like us deliver. We want to hear from you and what new things you may need to learn to get involved in politics!
We are working to help achieve balanced representation in Irish politics and therefore we are committed to seeing #MoreWomen elected. If you are in a position to and you would like to support the work we do, you can do so here.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 2nd for an inspiring session!
What are the barriers facing women in leadership?
How are women perceived when we lead?
What tools are needed for strong communication?
What part can you play in changing the face of Irish politics?
Join entrepreneur, broadcaster and Women on Air founder Margaret E. Ward on Tuesday the 2nd of February at 6.30pm to discuss how you can become the leader you want to see in your community and across Ireland.
UPCOMING TRAINING & EVENTS
To Inspire, Inform & Equip women in communities across Ireland to be prepared to run for election.
Leadership with Margaret E. Ward– 2nd February @ 6.30pm
Introduction to Irish Political Systems and Structures with Pat Montague– 10th February @ 12.30pm
In Conversation With… Deputy Holly Cairns– 22nd February @ 6.30pm
INSPIRE Campaign School
Confidence with Orlaith Carmody- 23rd February @ 6.30pm
Communication with Margaret E. Ward- 2nd March @ 6.30pm
Campaigns with Pat Montague- 9th March @ 6.30pm
Read: A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
by Samantha Power
Dublin-born Power has been nominated by President- Elect Biden, as part of a gender balanced cabinet, to head up USAid- the US government’s leading development agency. Power won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her investigation of US foreign policy in response to Genocide.
Listen: In Conversation With… Minister Catherine Martin
A proud WfE alum, Minister Catherine Martin speaks about being the first woman to address Westminster as gaeilge and leading the Irish Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. She tells Dearbhail McDonald why we need #MoreWomen at the decision making table and the challenges that are currently facing elected reps such as maternity leave.
Watch: Women on the Walls– RTE/Accenture
In 2016, Accenture commissioned the portrait of five leading female academics to be hung in the Royal Irish Academy. This was the first time a portrait ever hung in the 230 year history of the RIA. Women on the Walls seeks to celebrate and make women leaders more visible in Ireland, so as to inspire future generations.