more women graphic women for electionThe political organisation is running a free 2-day event in Twitter’s EMEA HQ to highlight women’s roles as leaders and activists and the challenges they face and conquer.

Women for Election’s Summer School takes place Wednesday and Thursday, July 4th and 5th, in Twitter’s EMEA HQ on Fenian Street. Women for Election is an acclaimed non-profit which trains and supports women to run for election in Ireland. The organisation is hosting 160 people across 2 mornings in the city centre and has arranged 4 panel events across topics such as women in decision-making roles, motherhood, #MeToo and activism.

Sene Naoupu

Speakers for Wednesday morning’s session on Decision Makers include Green Party TD Catherine Martin TD and Prof Mary Higgins, consultant obstetrician at the National Maternity Hospital. They will be joined by Ireland women’s rugby union international and businesswoman Sene Naoupu and panel chair facilitator Richard Chambers. The second session on July 4th will see Women for Election chair Alison Cowzer in conversation with Labour councillor Deirdre Kingston, Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth and PWC’s Deborah Somorin on the topic of motherhood and leadership.

Alison Cowzer. Photo by Paul Sherwood.

Thursday’s panels tackle #MeToo and activism, with Dublin Rape Crisis CEO Noeline Blackwell taking part in the former discussion facilitated by Margaret E. Ward, and Aoife Barry talking to activists Grace Dyas, Sahar Ali and Eileen Flynn on the topic of Women Bringing About Change.

Deborah Somorin

“Our Summer School sends a clear message to the establishment,” says Women for Election CEO Ciairín de Buis. “We’ve organised a vibrant and dynamic line up of women, and some men, who are showcasing that an Ireland of equal opportunity for all genders is what we need. We can’t cover every relevant issue on Wednesday and Thursday – but we are hoping to host more events like this in the coming months alongside our INSPIRE training programmes. We need to show people that women in decision-making roles and leading activist causes is normal. And that women leading discussions and debate is normal. Women have a voice, and we are getting louder. We will not be ignored any longer.”

Deirdre Kingston

Women for Election’s Summer School takes place July 4th and 5th in Twitter’s EMEA HQ on Fenian Street from 9am to 1pm. Agenda for July 4th here. Agenda for July 5th here.

Women for Election’s next INSPIRE course takes place in Dublin on September 22nd. Booking open now.

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