I hope you and yours have been keeping well. Welcome to the October installment of our Working Together Newsletter.

We are in to a new training season here at Women for Election and we were delighted to have over 150 of you log on already this season. Margaret E. Ward kicked us off with a session on Leadership, where she discussed the barriers facing women and the actions that must be taken to over come these barriers. For the third time, Pat Montague returned to take us through the Irish Political Systems and Structures. This course has proven to be incredibly popular, it came about as a suggestion from a member of the WfE Community. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see us covering in our training, please do get in touch with Claire (claire@womenforelection.ie).

We have had the honour of hearing from Senator Ivana Bacik, who spoke to Irish Times journalist, Jennifer Bray. Senator Bacik discussed her personal journey through politics as well as her invaluable report into women’s participation in Irish Politics. This research laid out the barriers that face women entering politics, The 5 C’s- Cash, Childcare, Confidence, Culture and Candidate selection process.
We were thrilled to welcome Maria Walsh, MEP, one of Women for Election’s alumni, to the In Conversation With…hot seat where she told Margaret E. Ward about her experience of politics and life before Brussels. Maria spoke about her family’s community activism and her experience on the campaign trail. We were pleased to hear Maria mention our training courses as a launching pad for her political career- this is why we’re here, to inspire, support and equip #MoreWomen to succeed in Irish politics.

Next Thursday, 15th October, at 3pm Alison O’Connor will be interviewing another MEP, Clare Daly. You can register for this event here.

We are excited to announce the release of our first podcast, this is an interview with Ambassador Samantha Power and Dearbhail McDonald which took place last May. You can download and listen to this interview here.

We are committed to delivering training, so that we can inspire our next Maria Walsh, Senator Bacik, Clare Daly or Ambassador Power. We are a not-for-profit organization that relies hugely on the generosity of our supporters. Unfortunately, our fundraising has been impacted by Covid. If you like what we’re doing and would like to support the #MoreWomen movement, you can donate here.

Please do engage with our Read/Watch/Listen suggestions and if you have anything you would like to see included, let us know.

Here’s to seeing #MoreWomen in Irish Politics.

All the best,

Alison Cowzer

Women for Election welcome Clare Daly MEP as the latest guest on In Conversation With… Clare will be speaking to broadcaster and journalist, Alison O’Connor on Thursday 15th October at 3pm.

Register Here

In Conversation With… Ambassador Samantha Power The first episode of our new podcast series is now live. Amb. Power spoke to journalist Dearbhail McDonald back in May about her work and career to date – working with Obama, building international agreement, vulnerability and the need to have more women in public life.

If you are anything like us here at Women for Election, due to these darker evenings we have found ourselves in front of the TV more often than usual. We decided to put together some of our favourite inspiring movies and documentaries. Check them out here!

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Thank you all for the kind words about my interview on #TheTommyTiernanShow

Available to watch here: https://www.rte.ie/player/series/the-tommy-tiernan-show/SI0000001918?epguid=IP000066609

Excellent analysis ⁦@jenoconnell⁩. Diversity in public representation is critical to effective governance. Ireland ranks very poorly: Only 1 in 5 women & very minimal visible diversity in public office here. Put simply we need #MoreWomen elected. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/jennifer-o-connell-biden-s-cabinet-looks-like-america-the-d%C3%A1il-doesn-t-look-much-like-ireland-1.4465371