Women for Election is expanding to meet the needs of female candidates in the upcoming general election with the appointment of a Director of Operations and Campaigns, Suzanne Collins.
According to Women for Election Co-Founder Michelle O’Donnell Keating, the level of success of female candidates in the local government elections who benefited from training programmes run by Women for Election provided impetus for the expansion.
“Almost 600 women have participated in programmes run by Women for Election to inspire, inform and equip them to run for election since 2012. Half of all of those women elected following the most recent local government elections were Women for Election alumni so we know that the training, support and mentoring provided by Women for Election is having a positive result.
“As we approach the general election, it is evident, particularly given the onus on the larger parties to field 30% of female candidates that Women for Election will have a significant role to play.
“Women for Election is delighted to appoint Suzanne Collins, a political campaigns, communications and public affairs expert with almost 15 years’ experience in Dublin, Belfast and London as Director of Operations and Campaigns to lead us into the general election.
Commenting on her appointment, Suzanne Collins said,
“Having worked on numerous election campaigns in Dublin, Belfast and London, I know the challenges that face all candidates, but in particular the specific challenges that face women candidates, not only in getting elected for the first time but also in getting re-elected. The practical support and training that Women for Election provide is second to none. It is based on the best international research and practice and it works. Having participated in their programmes and provided training for them over many years, I have seen the positive effects and outcomes. I am looking forward to seeing many more women from all parties and none benefit from the work of Women for Election and take their places in Dáil Éireann.”