We hope all of our Women for Election community had a wonderful Easter, only applying those restrictions to travel and not chocolate consumption! We are continuing to adhere to Government guidelines and doing our part to ensure we flatten the curve. Although our box rooms are beginning to feel a lot more like matchbox rooms!
As we have been adjusting to these unusual times we are continuing to provide support for women who are inspired to engage with political life through our Working Together Webinar series. On Wednesday, Craig Dwyer led a group of 19 women in a discussion on resilience and social media. We all have become far too familiar with stories of online abuse targeting women who are in politics and public office. Craig laid out practical tips in how to approach online abuse as well as some really insightful self care tips.
A key point Craig reiterated was the need for community and support networks in helping to deal with these issues. We would like to further echo this point. During a time where we are being advised to stay away from friends and family, a need for online community has never been more important and Women for Election are committed to continuing to provide practical and accessible support to women who are interested in engaging in political life.
We send well wishes to all those who have been impacted by the virus, please mind yourselves and your community.
This week’s recommended Watch is been given an extra special spotlight-
Alison Cowzer’s An Unfinished Democracy
Alison Cowzer, is a leading business entrepreneur and we’re proud to say the Chair of the Women for Election board. In November 2018, Alison gave the Ceann Comhairle’s Lecture, on Ireland’s Unfinished Democracy. Alison is a prominent advocate for gender parity in Irish politics and constant support to Women for Election.
During this lecture, Alison asks the question “What would the Countess think?”, referring to Countess Markievicz the first female TD. If the Countess were to come back, how would she view the progress of women in politics since her first election in 1918? This video is inspiring and informative as we look at the history of women in politics and to the future.
It has been a great source of encouragement for us here at WfE, we reiterrate Alison’s point on the importance of seeing #MoreWomen taking a seat at the decision making table. If you are in a position to and would like to support the work we do, you can make a donation here.
This weeks recommends are two inspiring pieces. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Please do let us know if you have any recommends you would like to see included here.
Read: Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
In her lecture, Alison Cowzer mentions Mary Beard, a scholar and author, who spoke at the Women’s Caucus event in 2018. This book investigates the silencing of women through history. It is detailed and informative.
Listen: Our Women’s Heart– RTÉ Radio One documentary on the making of the well-loved album.
This wonderfully produced documentary originally aired in 2012 and has been re-released ahead of the broadcast of A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on RTÉ One on April 18th at 10.35pm.