CORK…HERE WE COME!
Women for Election are all excited about heading to Cork next weekend with our INSPIRE Programme and meeting women form across the county who already play a huge role in their community. We urge these women to take the next step and consider politics as a possible option. Cork INSPIRE will be held in the […]
OUR FIRST INSPIRE
We are exhausted and elated after completing our first Inspire Programme. It was a great success and the positive feedback from participants was really encouraging. Our guest speaker was Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD who gave us great insight about the specific challenges women face in politics. Participants then heard from Catherine […]
PARTICIPATE, NOMINATE, ADVOCATE
On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2012 at Dublin’s Mansion House today Women for Election launched our ‘invite a woman to run’campaign. The campaign draws on national and international evidence, which says that women wait to be asked before putting themselves forward for politics. To address this, Women for Election asked everyone present to do […]
CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH US
It is that time of year again, and Women for Election invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012. 2012 is a special year for us, as we officially launch our organisation and our ‘INSPIRE‘ Programme. The 1-day ‘INSPIRE‘ Programme introduces some of the essential elements of running for political office and is designed to […]
HISTORIC DAY: SEANAD PACKED WITH WOMEN
Last Thursday, 2 February 2012, something historic happened: there were more women in the Seanad than it could fit. The Dáil audio-visual room was packed with them, and the lobby too – anywhere you looked there were women – what was going on?! History, that’s what. At 11.50 Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local […]
HOW TO ELECT MORE WOMEN? ASK THEM TO RUN
Last Friday’s sell-out conference on women’s participation in politics, the brainchild of Minister Kathleen Lynch, took as is its title a question: ‘How to elect more women?’ Addressing a packed hall (and an ante-room where those that missed the first batch of tickets watched proceedings on a screen) speakers – from at home and abroad […]
WOMEN FOR ELECTION SPEAK AT LAUNCH OF 50 50 NORTH WEST GROUP
‘Blue Monday’, the third Monday in January is considered to be the most depressing day of the year: Christmas is a distant memory, New Year’s resolutions are tedious to keep, the weather is dreary and money is tight after the holiday splurge. Not the kind of day you would expect women out in droves to […]
HISTORIC QUOTA LEGISLATION IS PUBLISHED
Last Friday, the Irish Government published draft legislation, which, if passed by Government, will introduce gender quotas in advance of the next general election. Under the legislation, parties that fail to run 30% female candidates will have their funding halved, rising to 40% in seven years. This move has been much anticipated and warmly welcomed. It is an […]
WE DID IT!
Well, we did it! We won. And we can hardly believe it. We know just how important getting more women elected is; and how much it means to everyone we’ve met and worked with over the past couple of years, but what we didn’t know was whether we could convince Social Entrepreneurs Ireland that this […]
WHERE TO START?
When the guys in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland suggested a blog to us here in ‘Women for Election’, we hopped! “Be careful” we warned, asking women to speak about women, sure they might never stop So, join us as we take you through our journey as a finalist in the incredible Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Social Impact […]