Hope. I think we are beginning to feel a lot more hopeful. It looks like we might have ‘wintered this one out’ – at least for now, we are heading into the summer.
As we’re moving into the next stage of this Covid-19 crisis, we’ve been looking back in Women for Election and what we have been doing since we moved to a virtual office – we’ve delivered training on areas such as resilience, social media and our political system. We’ve had a guest series where we’ve chatted with Ambassador Samantha Power, Senator Lynn Ruane and myself, generously hosted by Dearbhail McDonald and Alison O’Connor. We’ve (virtually) been in your homes over 300 times. And we are going to keep going. We’ve some great training sessions lined up and will be hearing from some brilliant guests over the coming months.
But we’re going to need your help to keep it up. Our fundraising has been badly hit – so if you can donate at all, we’d really appreciate it. The government is part-funding us, but we need to match that funding and more to make sure we can keep up our work to inspire, equip and support women to run for election.
And for those of you in government formation talks, or in contact with those of you in government formation talks, do please remember that the next Programme for Government needs to make sure we have #MoreWomen in political life. We have laid out below what steps can be taken to ensure this.
We’ve been keeping in touch with you once a week since we went into lockdown, and we’ve noticed – as we have all adjusted to our lockdown life – that we’re not hearing back from quite as many of you over the past few weeks. We don’t want to clog your inboxes too much, so you’re going to hear from us once a fortnight from now on. As always, if you have any suggestions or want to get in touch with us, do please drop us a line or give us a call!
Want to see more women elected? Here’s what to do….
Women are more than ½ the population, but we are less than ¼ of our elected public representatives. That needs to change. Women for Election want to see an Ireland with the full participation of all women in Irish politics. We inspire, equip and support women to succeed in politics. We are a non-partisan and independent – working with women across the political spectrum. Women for Election are the only organisation solely focused on increasing the number of women elected to political life across the country. Our approach works – we worked with or trained more than ½ of the women elected to their local council last year, 31 of the 36 women in the Dáil, and 11 of the 15 women elected to the Seanad in 2020. But we need to do more.
Women for Election are calling on the next Programme for Government to make a commitment to women and remove barriers to their election.
The next Programme for Government should commit to:
1. Legislate for a quota system for local and Seanad elections.
2. Fund Women for Election to ensure we continue our vital work to train and support women to succeed in politics.
3. The Taoiseach should nominate women, politically engaged and expert women, to the next Seanad.
UPCOMING TRAINING & EVENTS…
Working Together Training
Introduction to Political Systems & Structures with Pat Montague– 17th June @ 6pm
In Conversation With…
Activist Ailbhe Smyth with Alison O’Connor– 25th June @ 2pm
Becoming– A documentary following former first lady, Michelle Obama, while on her recent book tour.
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids– A podcast led by questions from curious children. Kids ask the questions and the adults find the answers.