Since we began work in 2012, we have trained more than 1,000 women from all around Ireland and across 18 EU member states.

Women now make up 22% of the current Dáil, which is both a cause for celebration and a reminder that we still have work to do.

Take a look at the stats:

  • In 2014 there was a 30% increase in the number of women who ran in the local elections compared to in 2009 and a 21% increase in the number of women elected.
  • Of the 196 women who were elected in 2014, 50% had been trained by Women for Election.
  • The General Election in February 2016 was an important step towards achieving gender equality in Dáil Éireann. 35 women were elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil.
  • This is a significant increase on the results of the 2011 General Election when just 25 women were elected to the 31st Dáil.
  • In the 2016 General election, 30% of candidates were female – a 100% increase compared to the 2011 General Election. 35 women were elected, 16 incumbents, and 19 for the first time.
  • Almost 40% of the newly elected TDs in the last election had been through a Women for Election training

To find out more read our General Election 2016 Report Card.