Women for Election calls on Fine Gael leadership candidates to commit to 50 per cent women in Cabinet

Women for  Election has called on the two Fine Gael leadership candidates to commit to a 50:50 gender balance in Cabinet if either chooses to appoint new members when elected leader. The Chairperson of Women for Election wrote last week to the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and to the Minister for Housing, Planning […]




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Women for Election hit Washington

Guest Blog by Clare Duignan, @clare_duignan Could there be a more exciting time to visit Washington than in these first weeks of the administration of newly-elected US President Donald Trump? Having spent the days since his inauguration waking to RTÉ’s Cathríona Perry on Morning Ireland telling us what Mr. Trump had done overnight, following his […]




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Looking back on 2016

2016 has certainly been a year to remember with huge changes in national and international politics. Women for Election have been busy througout the year, training candidates and bringing politically minded women together. Below we look back at our work over the past twelve months. The Year in Politics On Wednesday December 14th we were […]




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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP joins Oireachtas Members for an inspiring Women for Election event

An Tánaiste France Fitzgerald and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP, with Women for Election Co-Founders Michelle O’Donnell Keating and Niamh Gallagher. Photo Credit Kinlan Photography To view all the pictures click here Women for Election are delighted to have facilitated a meeting between the First Minister of Scotland, the Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon MSP, […]




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INSPIRE Training With IMPACT Trade Union

On Saturday the 12th of November, Women for Election teamed up with IMPACT to run our INSPIRE Training Programme. The day aimed to prepare and encourage women in IMPACT to run for local, divisional and national committee elections within the Union. Forty women from across Ireland gathered in the IMPACT offices for the training, and […]




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Irish Tatler’s Women of the Year Awards

Women for Election are delighted to have been honoured with the Women in Public Life award at Irish Tatler’s Women of the Year Awards. Every year, Irish Tatler runs this event to highlight the achievement of Irish women in all walks of life, from politics to culture to business. Since 2012, Women for Election has […]




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Vision of 50:50 Committee Chairs Not Met

This week sees members of both the Dáil and Seanad resume their parliamentary activities, including their work on the various parliamentary committees.  Following the results of the General Election, when a historic high of female TDs were elected (22%), Women for Election called for 50:50 Committee Chairs to ensure women hold visible leadership roles. However, […]




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The GEPLE Project visits the USA

Earlier this month, Women for Election travelled to the USA as part of the GEPLE Project, an EU Erasmus+ funded multi-national collaborative project, seeking to create best practices for empowering more women to run for office. Over the course of ten days in the USA, we met with NGOs, leaders in civic tech, and groups […]




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Women in Leadership: Sabbatical Training Day

On Monday, elected female representatives from Student Unions across Ireland came together for a day of training. This event was organised by Women for Election in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland, as part of their Women in Leadership programme, and sought to empower participants as leaders and role models. The day started […]




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The Importance of Equal Representation on Student Unions

Why does gender parity on Student Unions matter? At Women for Election, we believe it is important to encourage women to run for office at a young age. Representation levels of women on Student Unions has been low, averaging out at 25% over the last 8 years. While there have been notable exceptions, with some student […]




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