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We hope this weeks newsletter finds you and yours well.
We are delighted to announce the latest Working Together webinar- In Conversation with Dearbhail McDonald… taking place on Thursday, 30th April at 11am. Dearbhail and I will be chatting about Women for Election, the need for our work, and what might happen with the next government. Full details and link for registration forms can be found below.

In our previous newsletter we discussed the reality that women will be effected greatly by the Covid 19 pandemic. If you missed it, you can find it here. As women tend to make up a high proportion of nurses, teachers, child care workers and are main care givers at home and to elderly relatives, the government’s response to the current pandemic will have a direct impact on many women. This is why Women for Election is calling for urgent action on equality in the Programme for Government. We’re asking the next government to reduce the barriers to women entering politics by introducing a quota for our local elections as well as committing to supporting Women for Election on an ongoing basis. (You can read our current press release here.)

We’ve been reading a lot of media coverage of how the countries who have responded best to the Covid19 crisis are those led by women (here  and here)– yet another reason to commit to equality in the next Programme for Government. I’m sure it is something Dearbhail and I will get to chat about next week. Hopefully you’ll be able to join us!

Tiocfaimid slán,



We are delighted to announce as part of our Working Together webinar series, we are hosting A Conversation with Dearbhail McDonald on Thursday, 30th of April at 11am.

Dearbhail McDonald is an award-winning journalist, author and host of Sunday with Dearbhail on BBC Radio Ulster. She is known for her in-dept analysis of current affairs and has been a huge supporter of Women for Election

Dearbhail and Ciairín will discuss the impact of the current pandemic on women, as well as the need for organisations like Women for Election and the potential new government. There will be a Q&A session afterwards. You can register for the webinar here. Our WfE Webinars are free, however if you are in the position to make a small donation, you can do shere.



Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri– This powerful book explores the history of black hair styling culture. From sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems to styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom.

Women on Walls– This documentary was produced as part of a campaign with the RCIP and Accenture. The campaign seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. You can watch the documentary here

Irish History Podcast, hosted by Fin Dwyer– This insightful and well researched podcast explains a piece of Irish history each week. With an extensive back catalog, there’s sure to be something of interest for everyone.



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The blatant exclusion of women is farcical. Especially given that it is in fact, two women who hold the top political leadership positions in the North. #MoreWomen

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