Women for Election announce new CEO

Women for Election is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO Caitríona Gleeson to drive our mission to inspire, equip and support women to enter and succeed politics in Ireland.


Caitríona joins us from Safe Ireland, where she was centrally involved in driving culture change programmes to prevent gender based violence including the successful campaign to introduce coercive control legislation. Caitríona brings with her a wealth of over 20 years’ experience in advancing women’s rights and equality in Ireland.


Commenting on the new appointment, Alison Cowzer, Chairperson of Women for Election said: “The Board of Women for Election are really pleased to welcome Caitríona as the new CEO of Women for Election at a time when the organisation has ambitious plans for 2021 and beyond, we look forward to training and supporting many more women as they begin their political journey”.


Caitríona Gleeson, new CEO outlined her priorities for her new role “My focus will be on leading collaborations that will significantly reduce the barriers that women face in the world of politics. Building on the tremendous success of Women for Election to date we will also continue to increase access for women into politics by inspiring and equipping women through our training and mentoring programmes. I look forward to working with women from a diversity of backgrounds to help realise their skills and talents to succeed in political life. I’m delighted to be working with our highly skilled board and team and our many supporters to lead transformative programmes which will help change the face of politics in Ireland.”


The current statistics show that we need more women in Irish politics, Ireland sits at 93rd place in the world*  for female parliamentarians and currently only 23% of our TD’s are women, only 24% of our local councillors are women.


Women for Election primarily run training courses for women from all over Ireland, practical training on areas such as building confidence, communication, campaigning and much more. Since our foundation in 2012 almost 2,000 women have attended our training and events. Our approach works, many of our alumni have gone on to elected office, we have worked with 31 of the 36 current female TDs and 15 of the 24 current female senators. We are proudly non-partisan, and work with women from all parties and none, across the political spectrum.


We continue to work to increase the number of women in Irish politics, ensuring that women’s voices are heard at the highest levels, and that our politics represents more equally the people it serves.

*source: Interparliamentary Union Oct 2020


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