- Catherine Martin says funds will subsidise training 300 women to run for election
Dublin Rathdown TD Catherine Martin today welcomed Women for Election’s plan to raise €50,000 in an innovative crowdfunding campaign. Women for Election will use the funds to subsidise training 300 women to stand for election
Martin, who took part in a Women for Election training programme ahead of the 2016 General Election, said that Women for Election has a strong track record of providing practical support to inspire, equip and inform women entering politics
Of the 194 women who secured seats in the 2014 local elections, 50 per cent were trained on Women for Election programmes, while in the 2016 General Election, 40 per cent of the successful women TDs had been through the programmes. Thirty-five women were elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil, an all- time high. Yet, women still account for just 22 per cent of TDs and 30 per cent of senators
“It is never too early to prepare for the next election. Women need to get ready to run in the local elections in 2019 and in the next general election. With the help of the training provided by Women for Election, I look forward to seeing even more women represented politically at local and national level,’’ Martin said.
“My advice for women going into Irish politics would be to do it. Believe in yourself, have faith, and seek support from friends and family – that’s all you need. Have the ambition and the drive to visualise yourself being elected. Have that vision in mind and be prepared to put the hours in and then you can achieve it,” Martin continued.
“I feel our national parliament should reflect the composition of our society. 51% of our population are women but only one in five TDs are women. That needs to change. I participated in the Women for Election programmes, it brought women together with one common aim – to get elected,’’ she added.
Women for Election founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating said:
“We have come a long way in the five years since we established Women for Election. But building lasting equality in Irish politics will take time. We are now taking the next steps by laying the groundwork for the next phase of our work.
“Our experience is that people really want to see more gender equality in Irish politics. This crowdfunding campaign gives everyone the opportunity to help achieve that by contributing to the work Women for Election does inspiring and supporting women to take the first step and make a difference in politics.”
Anybody who would like to support the campaign can opt for a number of donation options, offering a range of campaign perks. Full details at www.womenforelection.ie/donate.
About Women for Election
Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation that aims to inspire, equip and inform women to succeed in politics. The organisation was founded in 2012 by Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating. Women for Election provides practical supports for women entering politics. The programmes aim to tackle the Five C’s that hold women back from participating in public life – Confidence, Cash, Childcare, Candidate Selection and Culture.
About Catherine Martin
Catherine Martin is the Green Party representative for Dublin Rathdown since February 2016, having previously been elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. She was elected as Deputy Leader of the Green Party in 2011 and is the Green Party’s Education Spokesperson. A mother of three, Catherine had been a teacher of English and Music at St. Tiernan’s Community School in Dundrum for the last 15 years prior to her election to the Dáil.
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