- Catherine Ardagh says funds will subsidise training 300 women to run for election
Senator Catherine Ardagh 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.
Ardagh, who took part in a Women for Election training programme in 2013, 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,’’ Ardagh said.
“Women for Election, in my experience, was essentially a school which gave me the tools to participate in elections. I did my first Women for Election course before the 2014 local election. It was my second election but I feel it got me more prepared to enter that election at that time,” she continued.
Women for Election founder 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. 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.
About Catherine Ardagh
Catherine Ardagh is a Fianna Fáil member of Seanad Éireann and a former member of Dublin City Council. She was elected to the Seanad in April 2016 having been elected to Dublin City Council in 2014. Catherine is a young Solicitor with a practice in Crumlin Village, Dublin. She has been involved in various community groups in the area including The South Inner City Community Development Association and The Walkinstown Business Association. She was first elected as a Councillor in 2014.
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