Limerick City East Councillor Elena Secas has today welcomed Women for Election’s plan to raise €50,000 in an innovative crowdfunding campaign. Casteltroy-based Councillor Elena Secas is hoping that the raised funds will be used to subsidise training for about 300 women running in the local elections in 2019 and in the next general election.
Cllr. Secas,who took part in a Women for Election training programme, 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 newly elected 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”, Secas said.
“I definitely benefited from the Women for Election training and wish to commend founders, Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating, on their programmes as training is not just a one off activity. It is a way of creating a culture of learning and is a necessary and valuable investment in this case in equipping more women with necessary skills to run and succeed in election”, Elena Secas concluded.
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 – get 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. WfE 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. For further information about Women for Election, please visit www.womenforelection.ie.
About Councillor Elena Secas
Elena Secas is a Labour Party Councillor for Limerick City East on Limerick City and County Council. Originally from Moldova, she moved to Limerick in 2001 and currently lives in Castletroy. She first contested the local elections in 2009 and was elected in 2014.She is very involved in her local community and works as a Customer Service Representative.
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